Zanele Muholi, Brave Beauties, Cape Town, 30 August 2017, Courtesy of STEVENSON Cape Town.
160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock
7925 Cape Town
STEVENSON is proud to present a solo exhibition by
visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi, her first at our Cape Town gallery since 2012.
The exhibition presents evolutions in the artist's ongoing photographic projects, affirming Muholi's commitment to activism through visual history, It adds interactive and educational elements, as well as an activism wall that shares experiences from the lives of the Brave Beauties - transwomen and gender non-binary individuals. This exhibition invites the public to engage with the alternating brutality and joy faced by the black LGBTQI community in South Africa.
The exhibition takes place as the country reaches its 23rd year of democracy, 21 years after the entrenchment of the new South African Constitution and 11 years since the legalisation of same-sex marriage. It is a stark reminder that legal protections are not enough without the social mobilisation and transformation prompted by direct engagement, testifying to the conviction that the work of activism cannot be finished while violence persists. As Muholi says in a recent interview with Broadly, 'Whenever I'm in any international space I'm not there alone - I'm coming on board as a South African citizen, coming with many voices and faces, to contribute to our South African history. We're putting that queer flag on the map, we're putting that trans flag on the map - we're ensuring trans, lesbo, queer, women's histories are part of the agenda.'