Mumu XV, Newington, London, 2016
gelatin silver print, printed 2020
signed in ink of affixed artist's label (verso)
image/sheet: 3112 x 2334 in. (80 x 60.38 cm.)
This work is number one from an edition of eight.
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
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The present lot is an example of one of Zanele Muholi’s evocative self-portraits similar to those featured in the Aperture text Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Each image is drafted from material props in Muholi’s immediate environment that somehow manage to achieve a regal and otherworldly effect. Muholi seeks to create images of the Black LGBTQ+ community in South Africa and in capturing these individuals they present a culture and lifestyle that is often persecuted and endangered—their work is an act of both perseverance and preservation. Mumu XV, Newington, London, 2016 and the artist’s other striking self-portraits are moments in which Muholi has taken time to pause, reflect and express their own individual experience and take their turn in front of the scrutiny of the lens.

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