Zanele Muholi Profiled in WANTED’s Young African Artists Series
Alexander Matthews recently interviewed photographer Zanele Muholi as part of Business Day WANTED’s Young African Artists series, which feaures profiles of ten young artists from South Africa.
Muholi, who refers to her work as “art activism”, speaks about her documentation of homophobic hate crimes in South Africa:
“I’ve never produced a picture for fun,” says Zanele Muholi. “I’ve only ever produced photographs to speak for or against something. I need to conscientise people.”
Muholi describes her work as “art activism” — “an artistic approach to hate crimes” against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people. We are sitting in an enclosed space in Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town. There are blankets, cushions, flowers; it is an installation of hers entitled The Mourning Room, recreating a space in which families and friends commemorate the deceased.