We've recently seen how powerful art can be within our society. Zanele Muholi’s exhibition “MO(U)RNING” (see more info below) at the Michael Stevenson gallery also has the effect that it moves us to action. We therefore want to create space to do what Muholi’s exhibition calls us to: To Mourn for the Change we are yearning for, demanding and creating after the recent spate of hate crimes and homophobic violence the past few months. We invite you to partake in a lunch hour mourning ritual at the exhibition next Friday 24 August at 1pm.
Friday: 24 August 2012, 13h00 to 14h00
Michael Stevenson Gallery, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
As parking is very scarce, please arrive as early as possible in order to park at the rear of the building on Chapel Street.
Looking forward seeing you!
Centre for Christian Spirituality and Good Hope MCC
Zanele Muholi: Mo(u)rning
STEVENSON is pleased to present MO(U)RNING, a solo exhibition by visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi.
For Muholi, MO(U)RNING evokes death but also suggests the cycle of life as morning follows night. Life and death, love and hate are some of the antitheses that appear throughout her work.
In April this year, Muholi's Cape Town apartment was burgled in what was apparently an attack directed at her visual activism. The lost material was an extensive archive of photographic work, videos and texts documenting hate crimes in South Africa and gender issues in Africa. Among this material was the Queercide project, created by Muholi to denounce and record hate crimes and atrocities committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
The loss of this material raised many questions for Muholi. What happen when such images disappear or when a collection of testimonies is erased?
In MO(U)RNING, Muholi presents elements of her documentation that were not lost, together with new work realised in recent months. The exhibition will include new and recent photographs from her Faces and Phases series of portraits and her Being series. Her multiple award-winning documentary Difficult Love, currently on view at Documenta 13 together with Faces and Phases, will be screened for the first time at the gallery. Photographs of crime scenes and new video works will also form part of the exhibition.
Her work gives public life to a community, its joys, traumas, fights and daily existence. She uses the power of visual material, offered by photographs and film, to affirm existing realities and expose truths and the cruel aspects of 21st century South African society where loving can be dangerous.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 1pm. The exhibition is open until 1 September 2012.