Skip to main content
RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

ZANELE MUHOLI: FACES AND PHASES
May 1 – June 1 and June 18 – August 24, 2014
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases aims to address the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. This ongoing series of large-format black and white photographs includes more than 240 portraits, of which 36 are exhibited to coincide with the celebration of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.

As a visual activist for the rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people in South Africa and beyond, Muholi endeavours to radically change the conventional perception of lesbian and transgender communities, who suffer from an epidemic of continuous attacks: “corrective” and “curative” rapes, physical and psychological assaults, and hate crimes. Working from and for her own community, Muholi creates strong, beautiful and positive images of empowered individuals. As visual statements, her photographs dignify the members of an often hidden, voiceless and marginalized population. The verticality and scale of the prints accentuate the resilience of the figures, purposely confronting the viewers with their scrutinizing gaze. The powerful images support and promote self-expression and pride, shaping and claiming a black lesbian and transgender visibility.


A Primary Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


Related events:


Tuesday, June 17, 2014
4pm
: Preview the summer exhibitions at the RIC
8pm: Join us for a free lecture with artist Zanele Muholi, who will speak about her most recent work

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 5:30 - 8pm
Opening Reception
Please join us to celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre. To learn more about the exhibitions, click here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.

ZANELE MUHOLI: FACES AND PHASES

Image Caption: Zanele Muholi, Mpumi Moeti, Kwanele South, Katlehong, Johannesburg, 2012, gelatin silver print © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

PRESENT RIC circle PP THINNER RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE - 33 GOULD STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5B 2K3 | 416.979.5164 | Contact Us | Hours & Admission