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Born 1972 in Durban, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg.
Zanele Muholi has won the Index on Censorship - Freedom of Expression art award, it was announced in London on 21 March. Shortlisted alongside her were Russian punk group Pussy Riot, Saudi-Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour, and Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi. She has a solo exhibition of her Faces and Phases series at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York (21 February - 6 April). In 2012 Muholi exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France, where she was nominated for the Discovery Award, and at the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci as part of the Florence Queer Festival. She was also included on A Necessary Theatre at the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg; and the 12th Gjon Mili prize exhibition, Time, Place and the Camera: Photographs at Work, at the Kosova Art Gallery in Prishtina, Kosovo, and took part in a fellowship at Civitella Ranieri in Italy.
FACES AND PHASES (Documenta 13, 9 June - 16 September 2012)
MO(U)RNING (Cape Town, 26 July - 1 September 2012)
Blood paintings on What we talk about when we talk about love 
(Cape Town, 1 December 2011 - 14 January 2012)
Inkanyiso (Johannesburg, 7 July - 5 August 2011)
FACES AND PHASES (Art Basel, 15-19 June 2011)
‘I’m just doing my job’ on Summer 2010/11 (Cape Town, 2 December 2010 - 15 January 2011)
FACES AND PHASES (2006 - 2010)
Indawo Yami (Cape Town, 22 April - 29 May 2010)
Being (T)here on Summer 2009/10: Projects (Cape Town, 26 November 2009 - 16 January 2010)
Iveza, Isibonelo, Isililo II on Self/Not-self (Johannesburg, 19 February - 21 March 2009)
La Rochelle on Disguise (Cape Town, 15 May - 5 July 2008)
Miss D’vine (2007)
Being (Cape Town, 4 June - 7 July 2007)
New work on South African Art Now (Cape Town, 29 November 2006 - 6 January 2007)
Only half the picture (Cape Town, 29 March - 29 April 2006)
Zanele Muholi: African Women Photographers #1 (2011)
Faces and Phases (2010)
Only half the picture (2006)
SA activist wins international Freedom of Expression award (Mail&Guardian, 25 March 2013)
Mark Brown South African photographer wins award for portraits of black lesbians 
(The Guardian, 21 March 2013)
Holland Cotter Zanele Muholi: “Faces and Phases” (The New York Times, 21 March 2013)
Glennisha Morgan reviews Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer, Highlights Lesbians, 
Transgender Women (The Huffington Post, 18 March 2013)
Kelly Jean Cogswell reviews For African Dykes, Zanele Muholi (Gay City News, 27 February 2013)
Paul Moakley reviews Saving Face: The Portraits of Zanele Muholi (Time LightBox, 25 February 2013)
Robyn Sassen reviews Faces and Phases at the Goethe-Institut (Sunday Times, 6 January 2013)
Renee Holleman reviews Mo(u)rning (Artthrob, September 2012)
Dan Moshenberg on Mo(u)rning (Africa is a Country, 7 September 2012)
‘Young African Artists: Zanele Muholi’ (Wanted At Large, 6 September 2012)
‘Love in a brutalised world’ (Mail & Guardian, 8 June 2012)
‘Who wants to silence Zanele Muholi?’ (Chika Okeke-Agulu in The Huffington Post, 28 May 2012)
‘Love, sex and the fear of a small woman’ (The Daily Maverick, 25 May 2012)
‘Theft stalls, but does not stop, a project’ (NY Times Lens blog, 3 May 2012)
‘Using art to educate’ (The New Age, 19 January 2012)
Zanele Muholi interviewed (Cape Town TV on youtube, 17 November 2011)
Zanele Muholi interviewed (Mail & Guardian, 15 September 2011)
‘Love in a time of murder’ by Charl Blignaut (Sunday Times, 17 July 2011)
‘A Conversation with Zanele Muholi’ by Michèle Pearson Clarke (8 July 2011)
Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972, and lives in Johannesburg. She studied photo-graphy at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. She was a founder of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a black lesbian organisation based in Gauteng. She was the recipient of the 2005 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, the first BHP Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship in 2006, and was the 2009 Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2009 she received a Fanny Ann Eddy accolade from IRN-Africa for her outstanding contributions to the study of sexuality in Africa. She also won the Casa Africa award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography in 2009. In 2010 her Faces and Phases series was included on the 29th São Paulo Biennale; the series was published by Prestel and nominated as best photobook of 2010 at the International Photobook Festival in Kassel. In 2012 the series was shown on Documenta 13.
ContemporaryVisual ARTIvist, Palermo Pride - Palazzo Ziino, Italy
Mo(u)rning, Walker Street gallery, Melbourne
Faces and Phases, Oldenburg, Germany; Goethe Institut, Johannesburg
Visual ARTivist, Some Prefer Cake - Bologna Lesbian Film Festival; Florence Queer Film Festival, Italy
Mo(u)rning, Stevenson, Cape Town
Foot for Love, Espace Canopy, Paris
Fragments of a New History, Casa Africa, Las Palmas
Inkanyiso, Stevenson, Johannesburg
What don’t you see when you look at me?, Extraspazio, Rome
Indawo Yami, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Faces and Phases, Fred, London
Faces and Phases, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg
Like a Virgin (two-person exhibition), CCA Lagos, Nigeria
Manje, Le Case d’Arte, Milan
Being, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Vienna Kunsthalle project space, Vienna
Only half the picture, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Only half the picture, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
Only half the picture, Galerie 32-34, Amsterdam
SoWhereTo Now, Afrovibes and Galeries 32-34, Amsterdam
Visual Sexuality, as part of Urban Life (Market Photo Workshop exhibition), 
Johannesburg Art Gallery
The Loom of the Land, Stevenson, Johannesburg
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive Part II: Contemporary Reconfigurations, Walther Collection Project Space, New York
Position As Desired, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax
Love and Africa, Menil Collection, Houston
Transitions - Social Landscape Project, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
The Progress of Love, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Time, Place and the Camera: Photographs at Work, Kosova Art Gallery, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo
A Necessary Theatre, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
Discovery Award 2012 exhibition, Les Rencontres d’Arles< France
The Next Generation, Pulchri Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands
Trans_forming politics/Politicizing Trans, Galerie Funke, Berlin
tête-à-tête, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Africa: See You, See Me, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos; The National Museum, Lagos
Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
Mine - A selection of films by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai
What we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson, Cape Town
Photography I: Snapshots of a Generation, Wentrup, Berlin
Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Lesbians Seeing Lesbians, Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York
Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany
Look 11 Photography Festival, Liverpool
Lens: Fractions of Contemporary Photography and Video in South Africa, Stellenbosch University Art Museum, Stellenbosch
Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African photography, V&A Museum, London
Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers, Royal Festival Hall, London; Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery, Norwich; and other venues in the UK
Africa: See You, See Me, Fondazione Studio Maragoni, Florence; Officine Fotografiche, Rome
20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Africa.es 7 miradas africanas sobre espana, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
Mine - A selection of films by SA artists, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Summer 2010/11, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
PEEKABOO - Current South Africa, Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Africa: See Me, See You, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon
Uprooting the Gaze: Foreign places familiar patterns, Fringe exhibition, Brighton Photo Biennial, UK
Position as Desired - Exploring African Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, ROM, Toronto
Afrovibes festival, Amsterdam
Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, 
Southern Germany
This is Our Time, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
After A, Photo Notes on South Africa, Atri Reportage Festival, Italy
... for those who live in it: Pop culture, politics and strong voices, MU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Halakasha!, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
Mosaïque de photos, Chartres, France
Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales
1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery
Swallow My Pride, Blank Projects, Cape Town
In Between, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
A Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Domestic, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg
Innovative Women, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Undercover: Performing and transforming black female identities, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Rebelle: Kunst & Feminisme 1969-2009, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands
Museion Collection: Presentation of the new acquisitions, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bolzano, Italy
Gender, (Trans) Gender and (De) Gendered, a special project of the Havana Biennale, Cuba
I bought me a cat, MiCamera, Milan
Les Rencontres de Bamako Biennial of African Photography, Mali
Summer 2008/9: Projects, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Make Art/Stop AIDS, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles
Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum, 
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and other venues in the US
.za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
Perfect Lovers, ArtExtra, Johannesburg
Body Work, Le Case d’Arte, Milan
Summer 2007/8, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz
Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa 2007: Reality check, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and other venues, Germany
Cape ‘07, Lookout Hill, Khayelitha, Cape Town
Olvida Quien Soy - Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, 
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
South African Art Now, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Second to None, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
South African art 1848 - now, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
A Lesson from History, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn
Subject to Change, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Month of Photography, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Erotic Blenders, Toronto, Canada
Young Vision 2004, Alliance Française, Johannesburg
Sex en Kultuur festival, Cape Town
Pride Week, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Gender & Visuality Conference, University of the Western Cape
Women Arts Festival: Is Everybody Comfortable? (Market Photo Workshop exhibition), 
Museum Africa, Johannesburg
Urban Life (Market Photo Workshop exhibition), Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Women Arts Festival: What Makes A Woman?, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
Pride Women Arts Festival, Johannesburg
Women Arts Festival, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
Women Arts Festival, Pink Loerie Festival, Knysna
Residency at Civitella Ranieri, Italy
Shortlisted for the Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles
Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Jean-Paul Blachère award, Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography
Casa Africa award for best female photographer, Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African 
Fanny Ann Eddy accolade by the International Resource Network in Africa (IRN-Africa)
LGBTI Art & Culture Award
BHP Billiton/ Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship
Tollman Award
LGBTI Art & Culture Award
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