Public Lecture by Zanele Muholi at UCLan

Making Histories Visible is pleased to announce a public lecture by award-winning South African photographer Zanele Muholi on Tuesday 17th March at the University of Central Lancashire.

An internationally acclaimed visual activist, Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso (, a forum for queer and visual activist media. Her self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond’. She continues to train and co-facilitate photography workshops for young women in the townships.
Muholi will be joined by Lerato Dumse, writer, journalist and activist passionate about documenting LGBTI’s lives in and outside her South African hometown of Kwa-Thema. Dumse has been editor of Inkanyiso since 2013. She currently works as a publicist for the on-going Faces and Phases project, and is also a participant featured in the recently published, Faces and Phases 2006-14 photography book.

Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, and lives in Johannesburg. She studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and in 2009 completed an MFA: Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. She has won numerous awards including the Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award (2015); Fine Prize for an Emerging Artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; Prince Claus Award (2013); Index on Censorship – Freedom of Expression Art Award (2013); Casa Africa Award for Best Female Photographer and a Fondation Blachère Prize at Les Rencontres de Bamako – Biennial of African Photography (2009). Her Faces and Phases series was shown at, among others, the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Documenta 13 (2012), and the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010). She is shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Faces and Phases: 2006-14 (Steidl/The Walther Collection). Muholi is an Honorary Professor of the University of the Arts, Bremen.

Muholi’s visit to UCLan coincides with her participation to the group exhibition Residual: Traces of the Black Body, curated by Christine Eyene at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, as part of FORMAT International Photography Festival 2015. Muholi and Eyene will also be in conversation at New Art Exchange on Thursday 19th March.

Making Histories Visible is an interdisciplinary visual art research project based in the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. The project is led by Lubaina Himid MBE, Professor of Contemporary Art, supported by Susan Walsh, Research Fellow Contemporary Art, and Christine Eyene, Guild Research Fellow Contemporary Art.

Public Lecture by Zanele Muholi
Tuesday 17th March 2015, 18.00 – 19.30
University of Central Lancashire
Foster Lecture Theatre 3
Foster Building
Preston PR1 2HE
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BOOK HERE. Entrance to the lecture is free.

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Image: Visual activist portrait. Photo credit: Zanele Muholi, Parktown, Johannesburg (2014).

One response to “Public Lecture by Zanele Muholi at UCLan”

  1. […] the exhibition is planned a public programme consisting of an artists and curator’s talk and a photography […]

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