Wednesday, May 20, 2015

South Africa's Zanele Muholi at the Brooklyn Museum

By Martah Schwendener
Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence Xana Nyilenda (2011) in Newtown, Johannesburg, on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Credit Zanele Muholi, Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York
NEW YORK---"Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence,” an exhibition of 87 works at the Brooklyn Museum by a South African artist, ends with a celebration. But it begins on a much darker note. Describing herself as a “visual activist,” Zanele Muholi, who was born in 1972 in Umlazi township in Durban, South Africa, and studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, founded by the photographer David Goldblatt, has dedicated herself to increasing the visibility of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people with notable success. Her stark, powerful photographs have been included in multiple biennials and international exhibitions. [link]