Zanele Muholi is a photographer and self-described "visual activist" dedicated to addressing social injustice, particularly issues of race, gender, and sexuality. She is best known for her photographic series Faces and Phases, which portrays black members of the LGBTI community in South Africa and around the world, and seeks to displace stereotypes of black female sexual identity as intensely sensual and exclusively heterosexual. Muholi's work and activities also include documentary films, writings, beadwork, and the organization Inkanyiso, which gives visibility to conditions that lesbians of color confront in South Africa and works to create change.
Muholi will be in conversation with frequent collaborators and Inkanyiso members Valerie Thomas and Selaelo Mannya. Thomas is a French sociologist and physician who uses visual activism tools in the fields of LGBTI rights, health, and gender-based violence. Mannya is a Pan-Afrikanist lesbian writer who works to bridge the gap between government and the LBGTI community.
Part of Live Projects 4