Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi, originally uploaded by cyprianrockwell.

Zanele Muholi
Miss D’vine I, from the series, Miss D’vine (2007)
Courtesy of the Artist and Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

In this and other similar series’ of photographs, I give young black queens and drag artists a visual voice in the cultural landscape of post-apartheid South Africa. Born in Kae Mogogole in Pretoria, Miss D’vine adores Ru Paul, and wishes to perform abroad one day. She hangs around with her mentor, La Rochelle, and like-minded friends, in her Hillbrow flat. She is part of a drag queens’ and artists’ movement that aims to bend the political attitudes of a ‘less than’ democratic society. These photographs examine how gender-queer identities and bodies are shaped by – but also resist, through their very existence – dominant notions of what it means to be black and feminine. – Zanele Muholi

Posted by on July 31st, 2009 at 10:00 am

Category: faces 5 comments »

5 Responses to “Zanele Muholi”

  1. julian

    Somehow I missed the shoes at first and I was like "what blog am I looking at here??"


    Sheik replied:

    That's why I left the description with this one. While the picture fits our normal standards by itself, I think the whole series is really interesting and hope that people are reading about it. ^_^


  2. Rae



  3. ntidi ntsoko

    my dear you are an inspiration to us and your work creates so much awareness…..we love u peter and ntidi


  4. anteros

    i saw some of Zanele Muholi’s inspiring and provocative artwork online and shared it on facebook – at the time i had no idea what the artist looked like… stunning! we love you Zanele! <3


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