Zanele Muholi, Vukani/Rise at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Somizy Sincwala, Parktown, 2014 © Zanele Muholi.
Courtesy Of Stevenson, Cape Town And Johannesburg

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Love and Hate

Zanele Muholi highlights the urgent need for further change in post-Apartheid South Africa...

A lot has changed in South Africa since the end of Apartheid, and not just in terms of race relations and the political landscape.

Amanda Mahlaba

Amanda Mahlaba Mt. Moriah Edgecombe Durban 2012 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Photographer and visual artist Zanele Muholi adds issues of gender and sexuality into the mix in considering contemporary South African society, creating strong portraits which act in defiance of homophobic attitudes that often manifest in serious violence. Now, for the first time, a substantial body of her work is being shown in the UK at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery.

Vukani/Rise brings together four photographic series spanning a decade of practice, all influenced by Muholi’s first-hand experiences of the issues that provoke intolerance, hate crime and its after-effects. Faces and Phases, an ongoing project started in 2006, is a series of portraits concerned with promoting black queer and transgender visibility. More than 200 images, with personal testimonies from the subjects, tell harrowing stories of brutal attacks and so-called “corrective rapes”.

ZaVa explores the artist’s own relationship with her white partner and considers the notion of making public that which is private. Brave Beauties is the title of a series of 12 portraits of gay and transgender men completed in 2013, while Mo(u)rning looks at the conflicting but inextricably linked themes of death, life, love and hate in the context of LGBT issues. Vukani/Rise will be shown from 18 September to 29 November.

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Dimpho Tsotetsi

Dimpho Tsotetsi, Parktown, 2014 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Boitumelo Mimie

Boitumelo Mimie Sepotokele White City Soweto Johannesburg 2013 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Lebo Leptie Phume Daveyton

Lebo Leptie Phume Daveyton Johannesburg 2013 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Charmain Carrol

Charmain Carrol Parktown Johannesburg 2013 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Kekeletso Khena

Kekeletso Khena Green Market Square Cape Town 2012 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Babalwa Nani Cape Town Station

Babalwa Nani Cape Town Station Cape Town 2011 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

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