In Pictures: Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern

The Standard described it as “one of the greatest exercises in self-portraiture of this, or any, age.”

This month, London’s iconic Tate Modern gallery has welcomed back queer South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s self-titled exhibition, bringing together over 300 photographs across their twenty-year career.

The visual artist made a name for themselves in the early 2000s, tenderly documenting the lives of queer Black South Africans. Despite anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination having been criminalised in the country’s post-apartheid settlement, queer people of colour remain on the country’s margins and are particularly vulnerable to acts of violence at both the individual and structural levels.

The exhibition first came to the Tate Modern in 2020, being the first major UK survey of Muholi’s work. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced its early closure. Since then, it has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Valencia, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, and Luzern to immense critical and commercial success. Although the exhibition has slightly changed shape since it was first in the gallery (one notable addition includes an exclusive soundscape curated by South African musician Toya Delazy), Muholi’s much-anticipated return to the Tate promises an intimate and comprehensive journey through their oeuvre, not to be missed.

All images are courtesy of the artist and the Tate Modern.

Zanele Muholi is showing at the Tate Modern, London from 6 June 2024 to 26 January 2025. The exhibition is supported by the Huo Family Foundation with additional support from the Zanele Muholi Supporters Circle and Tate Americas Foundation. Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor. The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Bildmuseet at Umeå University, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, GL Strand, Copenhagen, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, and Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern.

The exhibition is curated by Carine Harmand, John Ellerman Foundation Curator, Tate Liverpool; Yasufumi Nakamori, former Senior Curator, Photography, Tate Modern; Amrita Dhallu, Assistant Curator, International Art, Tate Modern; Sarah Allen, former Assistant Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, and Kerryn Greenberg, former Head of International Collection Exhibitions, Tate.

The exhibition in 2020 was supported by the Zanele Muholi Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members.

Tate Members get unlimited free entry to all Tate exhibitions. Become a Member at tate.org.uk/members. Everyone aged 16-25 can visit all Tate exhibitions for £5 by joining Tate Collective. To join for free, visit tate.org.uk/tate-collective.

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