2013 Oct. 4: Lona umzimba wami – “This is my body”



Title           :      Lona Umzimba Wami
Genre          :      Experimental film
Duration  :      3 mins
Year            :      2011

Producers :       Zanele Muholi & Phumlani Mdlalose
Camera    :       Phumlani Mdlalose
Editing       :      Nation Mokoena
Director & Cinematography : Zanele Muholi
Production Assistants : Christie Fossil, Lebo Mashifane, Millicent Gaika
Location : Vredehoek and Sea Point Beach, Cape Town.
Lead Character : Zanele Muholi


This film is about an artist/activist who explores her own body.
The body is turned into ‘a subject of art’.
The artist maneuvers every detail/inch and particularity of the skin.
Video clips are montaged to create a metallic body painting.
This art piece forces the viewer to re-think the politics of human sexualities especially women’s bodies – female sexuality, appearance and its mo(ve)ments.

The film is calling out all beings to visually express themselves freely, to be proud of their bodies and reveal who they are without encountering and fearing any prejudice.
The body parts are weaved together aesthetically: as a tangible material, as a landscape that is ever intercepted yet vulnerable at the same time.
The tone and texture is ‘what meets the eye’ which is an overwhelming factor that compels the viewer to touch but the distance between is farfetched.

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This entry was posted in Beauty, Black Female Body, Blackness, Body Politics, Characters, Christie Fossil, Feminist Art, Lebo Mashifane, Millicent Gaika, Nation Mokoena, Phumlani Mdlalose, Subject of Art, Video clips and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to 2013 Oct. 4: Lona umzimba wami – “This is my body”

  1. hlengy says:

    Umzimba wam lo… Very nice peace and educational

  2. kopano says:

    wow beautiful.

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