SARTORIAL LOOKS #58
CONTEMPORARY ART & PHOTOGRAPHY | Zanele Muholi, Beaded Portrait of the Self #1, MO(U)RNING, 2012.
Zanele Muholi, MO(U)RNING , 2012.
TK’ Thembi Khumalo, BB Section Umlazi township, Durban, 2012.
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.