Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, presents Zanele Muholi’s new exhibition of photographs, Somnyama Ngonyama. In contrast to her life-long project of documenting members of the black LGBTI community of South Africa, for this body of work Muholi turns the camera on herself. As she presents black and white self-portraits taken whilst travelling in South Africa, America and Europe, Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’) confronts the politics of race and pigment in the photographic archive, whilst commenting on specific events in South Africa’s political history, such as the Marikana massacre. The series references black and white portraiture, and fashion photography, with Muholi dressed in different outfits as she takes on various personas.
Until 29 January 2016.