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Spelman Museum of Fine Art Exhibition Featured in the New York Times

"Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness," an exhibition organized by Autograph and curated by Renée Mussai, is featured in Maurice Berger’s "Race Stories” column in the New York Times "Lens" section. The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the proud presenter of the United States premiere of this critically acclaimed exhibition which will close on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness
Sept. 14 - Dec. 8, 2018

Zanele Muholi Exhibit Spelman College Museum
Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016. © Zanele Muholi.
Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg
and Yancey Richardson, New York

In partnership with Autograph, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present the United States premiere of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. In this internationally acclaimed exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs, visual activist Muholi, whose whose pronouns are they, them, and their, uses their body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive. Muholi’s psychologically charged portraits are unapologetic in their directness as they explore different archetypes, personal and collective histories, contemporary politics, and global events.

Somnyama Ngonyama employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to critically rearticulate contemporary identity politics. By increasing the contrast in the dark complexion of their skin, Muholi interrogates complex representations of beauty, pride, and desire. Gazing defiantly at the camera, Muholi challenges the viewer’s perceptions while firmly asserting their cultural identity on their own terms.

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