Exhibit On Black, Queer Self-Portraiture Opens At Cummer Museum
A new exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is celebrating the work of South African artist Zanele Muholi. The exhibit, a series of more than 80 self-portraits, explore themes like race, identity, human rights and social justice.
Muholi was born in 1972 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The artist, who uses gender-neutral they/them pronouns, describes their mission as one to “rewrite a Black, queer and trans visual history of South Africa.” The exhibit is titled Somnyama Ngonyama, which is isiZulu for “Hail the Dark Lioness.”
Muholi states, “I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other. My reality is that I do not mimic being Black; it is my skin, and the experience of being Black is deeply entrenched in me. Just like our ancestors, we live as Black people 365 days a year, and we should speak without fear.”
Muholi’s work has been shown in New York, Paris, Chicago, London, Cape Town and elsewhere. Jacksonville is the exhibit’s last stop on a tour through the United States.
You can visit the exhibit from March 15 through June 20. Tickets and additional information about the exhibit are available on the Cummer’s website.
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