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The show

For 10 years Zanele Muholi (Umlazi, South Africa 1972) - one of the most interesting voices of Visual Activism - has been in the Olympus of the most celebrated contemporary artists, but her work completely coincides with her creed, to the point that Muholi likes to call herself activist, even before feeling - and being - an artist. Her art tirelessly investigates themes such as racism, Eurocentrism, feminism and sexual politics , it is constantly changing and her means of expression are sculpture, painting, the moving image .

But it is with photography, and in particular with the series of self-portraits - begun in 2012 and still in progress - "Somnyama Ngonyama" (Hail, Black Lioness) that Muholi receives global acclaim, in a crescendo of exhibitions in the most prestigious museums of the world: from the Tate Modern in London to solo exhibitions at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg (2012), at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015) at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017), at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires (2018), only to name a few. Everyone celebrates the poignant and magnetic beauty of his works, with movements of opinion following his voice and the birth of his foundation "Muholi Art Foundation" for the promotion of young black artists.

Muholi. A Visual Activist ” is the project through which the Mudec in Milan brings to Italy a selection - curated by Biba Giaccatti and the artist - of over 60 images, magnetic snaps and social protests ranging from the very first self-portraits made to the most recent works, taken from Muholi's constantly evolving artistic project.

The exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday 31 March 2023, is promoted by the Municipality of Milan-Culture, produced by 24 ORE Cultura-Gruppo 24 ORE in collaboration with SUDEST57, and sees the Deloitte Foundation as Institutional Partner.


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