The Women’s Mobile Museum (WMM) is collaboration between the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC), the South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, and ten Philadelphia artists who identify as women and femmes. An ambitious, multifaceted project launched in January 2018 and concluding in March 2019, it was conceived at a time when women globally were re-examining the barriers they face to achieving political and economic legitimacy and to effecting social change towards equal rights. The WMM program includes an artist residency for Muholi; a yearlong, paid apprenticeship in the media arts for the ten participants; a publication; a mobile exhibition that toured three locations in Philadelphia, including community centers in Juniata Park and Point Breeze, and a major museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and a culminating exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. For more information: philaphotoarts.org/womens-mobile-museum/
Zanele Muholi is a South African visual activist and photographer. Muholi’s 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 South Africa and beyond.” Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002 and Inkanyiso (inkanyiso.org), a forum for queer and visual (activist) media, in 2009. Muholi studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and in 2009 completed an MFA: Documentary Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2013, they became an honorary professor at the University of the Arts/Hochschule für Künste Bremen. In 2017, Muholi was bestowed France’s highest cultural honor, the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts des Lettres. Recent exhibitions include the traveling show Somnyama Ngonyama (2017-2020), which premiered at Autograph, London, and currently on view at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta. Their latest monograph was published in 2018 by Aperture Foundation, New York. Their work was shown at Performa, New York (2017); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); they were also included in the South African pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the São Paolo Biennial (2010); and documenta 13, Kassel (2013).
The Women's Mobile Museum Video Portrait Series is produced, directed and edited by Cindy Burstein and Anula Shetty.
Original Music: Marc Stern
Camera: Anula Shetty
Sound Recording: Cindy Burstein, Gail Lloyd
Editing Consultant: Michael Kuetemeyer
Re-recording Mixer: Peter Rydberg
Motion Graphics: Nick Cassway
Additional Camera: James Wasserman
Additional Footage: Lori Waselchuk
Post-production assistance: Stormydhae Kelsey
Transcription: McCollie Garvin, Briana Torres, Erica Watson
Captioning: Cheryl Green
Thanks: Lovella Calica, Tony DiMito, Chris Vecchio
Major support for the Women's Mobile Museum has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation and the VIA Art Fund.