Photos by Lerato Dumse & Muholi (2015/04/15)
There’s 56 pair of eyes poised to stare back at those who visit South African, Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases exhibition space when it opens on April 17, 2015 at The Photographers’ Gallery, in London.
The group exhibition is part of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015.
This annual prize recognizes a living artist, “for a specific body of work, in an exhibition or publication format within Europe, which has significantly contributed to photography.”
Muholi is nominated for the Faces and Phases 2006-14 photo book.
She is nominated alongside Viviane Sassen, Nikolai Bakharev and Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, for projects that were presented between October 2013 and September 2014.
The Visual Activist says she exhibits 56 portraits from her multi award winning lifetime series, “to remember mothers who protested against pass laws in 1956, now its black lesbians who are protesting for the end of brutal hate crimes, and to enjoy freedom as same sex loving people.”
Muholi goes on to say, “we march for peace, which is long overdue in the 21 Years of democracy that South Africa has enjoyed.”
Part of Muholi’s exhibition includes a video installation of her successful award winning documentary, Difficult Love (2010), “We live in fear” by the Human Rights Watch as well as “Raped for who I am” a documentary produced in South Africa which is one o the early documentaries which highlighted the plight of black lesbians.
A white cloth inscribed with testimonies will also cover a section of Muholi’s exhibition room, it features quotes on hate crime survivors and victims.
Deutsche Börse Group and (The Telegraph, as a media partner), sponsor this annual £30,000 prize, which was founded in 1996 by The Photographers’ Gallery, and has become one of the most prestigious international art awards. The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on 28 May 2015.
This year’s judges are Chris Boot, Executive Director, Aperture Foundation; Rineke Dijkstra, Artist;Peter Gorschlüter, Deputy Director, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst and Anne Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse.
The exhibition will run from 17 Apr – 7 Jun 2015.