“When you are doing an interview that is the only time you reflect on yourself” said Professor Sir Zanele Muholi. This is how Muholi was feeling before the interview took place. Interviewed by Thobeka Bhengu and Lebo Mashifane in Durban on the 15th of April 2019.
One might argue that Muholi was nervous because of the presence of young people who were attentively listening to the interview while professor spoke. Celebrating 25 years of democracy and 25 artists residing in Durban were given space and opportunity to interpret Somnyama Ngonyama. Speaking proudly and enthusiastically about the interpretations of 25 artists opening to the public on the 8th of May 2019 in Durban. The exhibition is called Ikhono laseNatali.
25 years of democracy means sharing spaces and giving thanks to life.” said Muholi. Muholi who is a visual activist spoke about how art is seen and received in the world. “One has to be published, curated and exhibit in order for them to be recognised” said Muholi.
Muholi expressed disappointment at how there is no recognition of artists in the city despite it being number three in the top cities in the world according to Tourism South Africa. “There is no art residency nor a photo festival here, there is no space for artists”
Muholi is also a philanthropist and a business person they reminded everyone to understand that artists are professionals. They should not be looked down upon but rather they should be respected. Muholi believes books should be written by South Africans because we know the country better than anyone. Professor’s closing remarks were “do not wait for people to define us”.
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