Zanele Muholi - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

  • Catalogue Essay

    Zanele Muholi, who terms herself a visual activist, focuses her work around South Africa’s queer community of which she is a part. The current lot is from a group of portraits Muholi took of the drag queen Miss D’vine. Here, Miss D’vine is wearing traditional South African garb – a choice of costume intended to subvert traditional notions of gender. ‘I give young black queens and drag artists a visual voice in the cultural landscape of post-apartheid South Africa,’ Muholi explains. ‘These photographs examine how gender-queer identities and bodies are shaped by – but also resist, through their very existence – dominant notions of what it means to be black and feminine.’


Miss D'vine I

Chromogenic print.
76.5 x 76.5 cm (30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in.)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 3/5 on an artist label and a Certificate of Authenticity, both accompanying the work.

£2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for £3,125

Contact Specialist
Genevieve Janvrin
Head of Photographs, Europe
+44 20 7318 4092


London Auction 3 November 2016