Zanele Muholi, 2015 LOOK3 Artist, discusses her photographic work with interviewer Chris Boot at the Paramount Theater. Muholi has documented stories of hate crimes against the gay community in order to bring the realities of "corrective rape", assault, and HIV/AIDS to public attention. Interviewer Chris Boot is the Executive Director of Aperture Foundation.
Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, South Africa in 1972, and received an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, Toronto. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Stevenson, Johannesburg; the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Zanele participated in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013 and dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012.
Among many honors, Carnegie International awarded Zanele the Fine Prize for emerging artists in 2013, and her work was presented at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Muholi’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Modern, London; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.
Zanele has documented stories of hate crimes against the gay community in order to bring the realities of “corrective rape," assault, and HIV/AIDS to public attention. She founded Inkanyiso in 2009, a nonprofit organization concerned with visual activism and media advocacy on behalf of the LGBTI community. In 2013, she was appointed Honorary Professor of video and photography at the University of the Arts/Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany. Zanele lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.