SARTORIAL LOOKS #32
CONTEMPORARY ART & PHOTOGRAPHY | Zanele Muholi, Vuyelwa Makubetse, Faces & Places, 2012.
Zanele Muholi, Faces and Phase, 2012.
Vuyelwa Makubetse, KwaThema Community Hall, Springs, Johannesburg, 2011.
Image courtesy of the artist and Stevenson | Johannesburg & Cape Town.
Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972, and lives in Cape Town. She studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. She was a founder of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a black lesbian organisation based in Gauteng. She was the recipient of the 2005 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, the first BHP Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship in 2006, and was the 2009 Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2009 she received a Fanny Ann Eddy accolade from IRN-Africa for her outstanding contributions to the study of sexuality in Africa. She also won the Casa Africa award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography in 2009. In 2010 her Faces and Phases series was included on the 29th São Paulo Biennale; the series was published by Prestel and nominated as best photobook of 2010 at the International Photobook Festival in Kassel.