Nombuzo, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2015

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Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi. Nombuzo, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2015. "Somnyama Ngonyama" series. Silver gelatin print

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Zanele Muholi © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

David Goldblatt and Zanele Muholi artworks

"Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier" exhibition, installation view, galerie 9

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from 26 April to 4 September 2017

© David Goldblatt © Zanele Muholi © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Zanele Muholi artworks, "Somnyama Ngonyama" series

Installation view, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Zanele Muholi © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

David Goldblatt and Zanele Muholi artworks

Installation view, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© David Goldblatt © Zanele Muholi © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Following the "Faces and Phases" project for which Zanele Muholi worked with models to create more than three hundred portraits, the "Somnyama Ngonyama" project – begun in 2014 – features the artist as its subject.

The title means “Hello black lioness” in Zulu. Muholi, who is an outspoken activist, appears in a series of self portraits, using outrageous costumes and accessories evoking stereotypes about Africa and femininity. Appearing with pride, she reverses and rejects clichés and archetypes related to her own condition.

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