Prince Claus Fund Gallery

Being (T)here

Zanele Muholi
Being (T)here, Documentation of intervention, red light district, Amsterdam ,
Photographer: Sean Fitzpatrick; Image courtesy of Michael Stevenson Gallery


Herengracht 603 1017 CE Amsterdam



Zanele Muholi at Prince Claus Fund Gallery

Zanele Muholi’s photographs are a direct response to the epidemic of ‘curative rapes’ and murders of black lesbians in South Africa today. As a self-described ‘visual activist’, Muholi seeks to challenge the status quo with intimate portraits of the queer South African experience. The exhibition 'fo(u)nd' features a selection of Muholi’s works from 'Faces and Phases', 'Beulahsand 'Being(2006-present), among others.

Muholi is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Index on Censorship award for Freedom of Expression (2013), London; the LGBTI Recognition Award for the Best Photographer (2012), Johannesburg; the Casa Africa Award for Best Female Photographer (2009), Bamako; and the Fanny Ann Eddy Accolade from IRN-Africa (2009), New York. Muholi's photographs have been exhibited around the world, most significantly at the South African Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Italy and in 2012 at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. In 2009, Muholi founded the queer media collective Inkanyiso ( 

Muholi will participate in a conversation about her work with Board Member of the Prince Claus Fund and Human Rights Watch LGBT Rights Advocacy Director Boris Dittrch. Boris Dittrich is Board Member of the Prince Claus Fund and Advocacy Director for the LGBT Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch.

Zanele Muholi dedicates the exhibition fo(u)nd to the memory of Duduzile Zozo, a 26-year-old black lesbian who was raped and murdered. Her body was found at her neighbour's house in Thokoza township, Johannesburg in June 2013.

06 September 2013 - 22 November 2013