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Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness

  • Seattle Art Museum 1300 1st Avenue Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)

Zanele Muholi is a titan of art and photography. I remember first encountering their photographs of black LGBTQI South Africans in college and being stunned by the honesty, intimacy, and strength that Muholi brought out in their subjects. In a time when being a queer black South African rendered an individual invisible or subject to extreme prejudice and violence, Muholi’s work subverted and exalted this marginalized group of people. In Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Muholi becomes the subject, taking staged self-portraits using found materials like pads, cowrie shells, and washing machine tubes to “challenge perceptions of who and where they are.” (Promo Copy)

This is a recurring/series event that occurs every Wednesday - Sundays.


Earlier Event: August 29
Stephen Marley
Later Event: August 30
BLAQ August Nurturing Generations