Thursday, December 3, 2020

Zanele Muholi Walks In With the Ancestors

By Pumla Dineo Gqola
A visitor looks at “Sebenzile, Parktown, 2016” from Zanele Muholi’s series “Somnyama Ngonyama” at a press preview at Tate Modern on Nov. 3. The museum closed the next day because of the coronavirus lockdown in England. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA, via Shutterstock
The photographer’s images of the L.G.B.T.I. community in South Africa put overlooked lives on display in a new career retrospective at Tate Modern in London. Since the early 2000s, [Zanele] Muholi, 48, who uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” has documented the Black South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (L.G.B.T.I.) experience. Although South Africa was the first country in the world to enshrine the rights of lesbian and gay people in its 1996 constitution, social attitudes in the years after apartheid often lagged behind legal protections. [More