09 February — 01 April, 2018
Taken primarily in Europe, North America and Africa between 2014 and 2016, each portrait in Somnyama Ngonyama – isiZulu for Hail, the Dark Lioness – poses critical questions about social justice, human rights and contested representations of the black body. Muholi’s self-reflective and psychologically charged portraits are unapologetic in their artistry as she explores different archetypes/personae and offers visual reflections inspired by personal experiences and socio-political events.
"I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged ‘other’. My reality is that I do not mimic being black; it is my skin, and the experience of being black is deeply entrenched in me. Just like our ancestors, we live as black people 365 days a year, and we should speak without fear." – Zanele Muholi