MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (formerly Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal) presents, in collaboration with Centre CLARK, Zanele Muholi – Selected Portraits.
Zanele Muholi (South Africa) takes inspiration from her own experience to defend and unveil the visual history of the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed) community.
Her portraits and self-portraits from the series Miss D’vine (2007), Of Love and Loss (2013), Somnyama Ngonyama (2014–current), and Faces and Phases (2006–current) are characterized by a frank and direct gaze. Their powerful impact can be attributed to the total confidence expressed in her images and the nuanced treatment of the themes.
Whether she photographs the performer Miss D’vine posing in fantasy costumes that upend conventional notion of gender, or archives the present lived experience of black lesbians and transgender people from South Africa and elsewhere, the artist challenges racism and reverses stereotypes of how the black body has been represented in history.
Centre d'art et de diffusion CLARK
5455 avenue de Gaspé, local 114 Montréal (QC) Canada
September 08, 2017 to October 14, 2017