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2012-04-09 | Zanele Muholi's "Miss D'vine" part of Collection Huis Marseille and Publication "Zanele Muholi" available now in Museum bookstore

We would like to bring to your attention that works of Zanele Muholi, former artist in residence at the Thami Mnyele Foundation, are now part of the Collection of Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie, in Amsterdam. The portraits of travestite "Miss D'vine" (2007) were recently acquired by the museum.

In this serie as in the ongoing serie "Faces & Phases" Zanele Muholi brings the visual history of black homosexuality in South Africa into picture. As a gender and sexual rights activist, and as a photographer she offers a radical break from stereotypical narratives about black female sexualities. No one is more in danger in South Africa than this black homosexuals, who are often victims of assassination or so-called 'corrective rape'. Zanele Muholi captures their faces, because their lives could be over any time.

The publication "Zanele Muholi" is now for sale in the bookstore of the museum as first part of the serie "African Women Photographers" (2011). This is the first title in a new series of books aimed at promoting the most outstanding African women photographers. The book gives an overview of Muholi's work to date, from the early "Only Half the Picture" to her ongoing "Faces & Phases" series, with essays by Muholi and Gail Smith.

Zanele Muholi was artist in residence at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in 2009.

For more info: http://www.huismarseille.nl/

Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.