Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Volume II


Aperture, 2024
Hardcover, 36,5 x 27 cm
172 pages, 80 b/w photographs
English text

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In Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Volume II, Zanele Muholi explores and expands new characters and poetic interpretations of personality, queerness, blackness and the possibilities of the self. Since the publication of the first volume in 2018, Muholi has continued to photograph herself in a series of new international locations. Drawing on props found in each environment, Muholi boldly explores her own image and innate possibilities as a black individual in today’s global society and responds forcefully to contemporary and historical racisms. Renée Mussai, curator and historian, brings together the written contributions of more than ten curators, poets, and authors, constructing a poetic and experimental framework that extends the idea of the speculative future. This impactful collection further amplifies Muholi’s expressive and radical manifesto. As stated in the first volume, “my practice as a visual activist looks at black resistance, existence and insistence.”



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