University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow East Quad

One of the most acclaimed artists working today, Zanele Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is “to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in South Africa and beyond.”

Describing themself as a visual activist, from the early 2000s, Muholi has documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s Black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’) is an ongoing series of self-portraits. In turning the camera on themself, Muholi’s aim is to “create visual archives that resist, affirm and bring forth the complex lives of those often made invisible within South African society, and beyond.”

Muholi’s images aim to visually propose new modes of coexistence in the future by engaging with history and the archive. 

This exhibition is delivered by Belfast Photo Festival in partnership with Street Level Photoworks and The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

Belfast Photo Festival Touring Exhibition.

Entry is free and no booking is required

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