Artist: Zanele Muholi

For more than a decade, South African artist Zanele Muholi has used photography and video to explore the realities of LGBTI life in Africa, including ‘corrective rape’. Muholi started out as a photographer and reporter for Behind the Mask, an online magazine on LGBT issues in Africa, and launched ‘visual activism’ through their first solo exhibition Visual Sexuality: Only Half the Picture 2004 at Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa. Their work, which has been exhibited internationally, focuses on making queers in the black community more visible. VISUAL ACTIVISM cuts through to the reality that visibility creates political and social power. The stakes in some countries around the world are high – in South Africa, hate crimes against the LGBTI community are all too frequent.