Join recent OCA BA Photography graduates, John Umney and Stan Dickinson, on Saturday 7 October 2017, at Autograph ABP gallery, Shoreditch. We will be visiting the first solo exhibition in London of South African ‘visual activist’, Zanele Muholi, titled Somnyama Ngonyama, loosely translated as Hail the Dark Lionness.
“I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other.” Zanele Muholi
‘Visual Activist’ is Muholi’s own description of herself. She says that photography saved her life and that she uses art as her own means of articulation. This powerful, ongoing series of self-portraits has wide-ranging references and allusions, including sexual politics, violence, gendered identity, South African history, environmental issues and the West’s clichéd, exoticised representation of African culture. Each portrait is a response to experiences and events in her life, and the series merges a high aesthetic, echoing black & white portraiture and fashion photography, with a direct confrontation of the politics of race and pigment in the photographic archive.
The exhibition visit provides an opportunity to view and reflect on the work of an outstanding contemporary artist, as well as meeting fellow students and having the chance to talk to two of OCA’s most recent Photography graduates.
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Image credit: Zanele Muholi, Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York