PREVIEW: Zanele Muholi

Besi Besemar March 7, 2015

Portrait of a Visual Activist.

Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi

WHAT does queer visual activism look like in South Africa 21 years after the advent of democracy?

Zanele Muholi is a self-proclaimed ‘visual activist’ and has dedicated her life in documenting black LGBT individuals from South African townships and beyond. “My agitation is simple, just pick up a camera and capture”. She is also the founder of the collective Inkanyiso (, a forum for queer and visual activist media, through which she mentors and conscientises a cohort of queer ‘born frees’ (people born after apartheid ended).

She is coming to Brighton to talk about her work, her politics, and to meet fellow artists and activists. 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.

This is the first in a series of talks on activism in different forms of media by the Media Studies research seminar at Sussex University.

Event: Zanele Muholi, Portrait of a Visual Activist: An LGBT Queer Life Research Hub and Media Studies Research seminar event.

Where: M2 Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

When: Thursday, March 12

Time: 6-7.30pm

Everyone from inside and outside the university is welcome to attend.