Zanele Muholi 'Zinzi and Tozama II - Serie Being' 2007 © Zanele Muholi
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Born in Umlazi, Durban. Lives and works in Johannesburg



Completed Advanced Photography course at Market Photo Workshop, Newtown, 2004



Zinathi, Gallatin Galleries, New York University
Somnyama Ngonyama, Standard Bank Gallery, Albany Museum, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown,

Somnyama Ngonyama, Yancey Richardson, New York, USA; Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
Zanele Muholi: Vukani/Rise, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence, Brooklyn Museum, New York The Visual Art of Activism, Akershus Kunstsenter, Norway

Faces and Phases, Einsteinhaus, Ulm, Germany; 6th edition Massimadi Festival, Montreal, Canada; Venice and Trento Pride, Palazzo Trentini, Italy
fo(u)nd, The O.P.E.N., Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada
Zanele Muholi. Photography, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
Of Love & Loss, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
Zanele Muholi, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA Selected FACES & PHASES and BEULAHS, Wentrup, Berlin, Germany

Fragments of a New History, Porte 44 – MC2a and l’Arrêt sur l’Image gallery, Bordeaux, France Beauty & Shadow, Atria, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
f(o)und, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Faces and Phases, Palazzo Sant’Agostino, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
ContemporaryVisual ARTIvist, Palermo Pride; Cagliari Pride, Italy Mo(u)rning, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Mo(u)rning, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Faces and Phases, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, South Africa
Faces and Phases, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
Visual ARTvist, Some Prefer Coke – Bologna Lesbian Film Festival; Florence Queer Film Festival, Italy
Foot for Love, Espace Canopy, Paris, France

Mo(u)rning, Stevenson Gallery, Kapstadt, South Africa
Faces and Phases, Art Basel, Switzerland
Fragments of a New History, Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain
Inkanyiso, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

What don’t you see when you look at me?, Extraspazio, Rom
Indawo Yami, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Faces and Phases, Fred, London, UK
Like a Virgin (Zwei-Personen-Ausstellung), Centre for Contemporary Art – CCA Lagos, Nigeria

Maje, Le Case d’Arte, Milano, Italy

Being, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna
Only half the picture, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
So Where To Now, Afrovibes and Galleries 32-34, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visual Sexuality, as part of Urban Life (Ausstellung des Market Photo Workshop), Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa



I Love You Sugar Kane, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius
Reality of My Surroundings, Nasher Museum of Art, North Carolina, USA
African Art Against the State, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Mina/Meg, Kunstplass 10, Kulturhistorisk Museum, Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
Systematically Open? New forms of production of the contemporary image, LUMA, Parc des Ateliers, Arles, France

Où poser la tête?, FRAC Réunion, Reunion Island
After Eden / Après Eden – The Walther Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Through Women’s Eyes/Sguardo di Donna, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy
Material Matters: New Art from Africa, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius
DLA Piper Series: Constellations, Tate Liverpool, UK
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, New York, USA
Beadwork, Art and the Body: Dilo Tše Dintši/Abundance, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Álbum de famíli, Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists On Screen, Tate Modern, London, UK Homosexuality_ies, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, The Photographers Gallery, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art (MMK), Frankfurt, Germany
History, Art, Architecture and Design: 80s to Today, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France Representations of Otherness and Resistance, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Love, Life and Loss, Look 3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, USA
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
The Order of Things: Photography from the Walther Collection, The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany
Visual Activism, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
Residual: traces of the black body, New Art Exchange, United Kingdom The Lesbian Spring Festival, Toulouse, France
Contemporary Activism, Malmö Foto Biennale, Sweden ReSignifications, New York University, Florence, Italy
Contact, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy

The Institute of Sexology, The Wellcome Collection, London, UK
Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
FotoGrafia, Festival Internazionale di Roma, Italy
SOUTH3: Contemporary Art from Australia, Mexico & South Africa, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea, Australia
Looking Back, Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa
XIII edizione: Portrait, Fotografia festival, MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy
Typology, Taxonomy and Seriality: Photography from The Walther Collection, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
Exotic Symmetric, Les Abattoirs: Museum of Modern Art and Frac Midi-Pyrénées, France Queering the International, Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada
PORT, Queer Arts Festival, Antwerp, Belgium
Worldwide Africa: Fashioning Personhood, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA
From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
WHERE WE’RE AT! Other voices on gender, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
Contemporary Art/South Africa, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA
Precarious Imaging: Visibility Surrounding African Queerness, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Haute Africa, Fotofestival, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
El cuerpo queer, la construcción de la memoria, Arte Actual – FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador
Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Apartheid & After, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Queer and Trans Art-iculations: Collaborative Art for Social Change, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

Carnegie International Survey of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Imaginary Fact: South African Art and the Archive, Biennale di Venezia, South African Pavilion (demnächst)
All You Need is Love, Mori Art Museum, Tokio, Japan (demnächst)
Three True Stories, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italien
Difficult Love, Vorführungen beim International Film & Forum Festival on Human Rights (FIFDH), Genf, Schweiz (demnächst)
Difficult Love, Vorführungen beim Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australien (demnächst)

Positions As Desired, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Hailfax, Kanada
Love and Africa, Meni Collection, Houston, TX, USA
Transitions – Social Landscape Project, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, Südafrika
The Progress of Love, Centre for Contemporary Art – CCA, Lagos
Time, Place, and the Camera: Photographs at Work, Kosova Art Gallery, Priština, Republik Kosovo




International Center for Photography Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism Outstanding International Alumni Award, Ryerson University, Toronto

Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

Fine Prize – Emerging artist, Carnegie International Prince Claus Award
Feather Award – Feather of the Year
Mbokodo Award – Creative photography
Index on Censorship – Freedom of Expression Art Award, London, England

Shortlisted for the Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France

Jean-Paul Blachere award, Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography
Casa Africa award for the best female photographer, Les Rencontres de Bamako Biennial of African photography
Fanny Ann Eddy accolade by the International Resource Network in Africa (IRN-Africa
LGBTI Art & Culture Award

Tollman Award
LGBTI Art & Culture Award



2011 Difficult Love

2007 Being Mum, documentary on black lesbian mothers

2005 Enraged by a picture, film screenings at the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian film festival, various venues.




International Resource Network (IRN), Africa Meeting, Dakar, Senegal



African Feminist Forum, Ghana, Accra

Black Autonomy, ADEFRA, Berlin, Germany



Sexual Rights and Moral Panics, International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) conference, San Francisco State University, CA.

World Beyond Words (part of Writing African Women conference at the University of the Western Cape),Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.

Doing Gender, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape.