For the 2020 edition of the ADAA Art Show, Yancey Richardson will debut a series of new self-portraits by South African artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi. Made in 2019 in the formerly colonized countries of Namibia, Botswana, Mauritius and South Africa, these works continue Muholi’s celebrated series of self-portraits, Somnyama Ngonyama (translated from Zulu as “Hail, the Dark Lioness”). While bearing witness to the history of European imperialism in Africa, Muholi’s marks their presence in these locations, reclaiming the space as African. Since 2015, Muholi has used self-representation in locations throughout the world as a means of addressing issues of race, gender, discrimination, personal history and African political history. Their images are intended to offer resistance to stereotyping and discrimination, and enforce the idea that the personal is political. Muholi’s photographs and large-scale wallpapers were included in May You Live in Interesting Times, the main exhibition of the 58th Venice Biennale. A mid-career retrospective of their work opens at the Tate Modern in April 2020. The gallery has represented Zanele Muholi since 2013. Born in Durban in 1972, Muholi...
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