ZANELE MUHOLI: FACES AND PHASES
University Art Gallery (The University of the South) / 68 Georgia Ave., Sewanee, TN February 3, 2017 - April 14, 2017
The University Art Gallery presents the work of renowned South African artist activist Zanele Muholi in a selection of twenty-two photographs from her series Faces and Phases, a series of dignified portrait photographs of black South Africans who identify as LGBTI. Shown together, these portraits of individuals represent and build community. In collaboration with her sitters, Muholi uses photography to combat the oppression of a group whose existence had been excluded from South African history, even ten years after Apartheid. The people represented in Muholi’s portraits choose to be visible, empowered and themselves. They invite us to see and know them, and thereby resist the fear and erasure threatened by the prejudices, hate and brutal violence too often directed at them. Faces and Phases ensures visibility for black queer and transgender individuals and communities.