Zanele Muholi - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    STEVENSON, Johannesburg

  • Literature

    Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, New York: Aperture, 2018, pl. 46

  • Catalogue Essay

    Zanele Muholi, here as Zodwa, is strong and composed, emerging from the shadows with a powerful contemporary application of chiaroscuro. This reflective work is from the ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama, translated from the Zulu language as ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’. Turning the camera on themselves, Muholi explores different characters and archetypes to confront the politics of race, gender and sexuality. Muholi is a 2016 recipient of a Chevalier from l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and an Infinity Award from ICP, and their work resides in such prominent institutions as new York’s Guggenheim Museum and MoMA, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and London’s Tate Modern, which will open the visual activist’s first major UK survey in November 2020.



Zodwa, Paris from Somnyama Ngonyama

Gelatin silver print, mounted.
Image: 80.3 x 48.4 cm (31 5/8 x 19 in.)
Frame: 92 x 61.5 cm (36 1/4 x 24 1/4 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 3/8 on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

This work is number 3 from the sold-out edition of 8 + 2 APs. This image exists only in this size and edition.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £35,000

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London Auction 25 September 2020