Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Newspaper

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This LIMITED EDITION newspaper features images from Zanele Muholi's ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama, alongside 20 texts exploring and responding to this powerful work. In more than 70 photographs, visual activist Zanele Muholi uses their body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive.

In Somnyama Ngonyama, which translates to ‘Hail The Dark Lioness’ in isiZulu, Muholi playfully employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate contemporary identity politics. Gazing defiantly at the camera, Muholi challenges viewers’ perceptions while firmly asserting their cultural identity on their own terms.

Pages: 36 pages, 80 images, 16 x 10.5 inches

Published to accompany the exhibition Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness.