Zanele Muholi’s exhibition, “Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness”  opens this weekend at the Spelman Museum. Comprised of more than 70 photographs, the exhibition features Muholi utilizing her own body and subjectivity to explore the politics of race and representation. As described on the museum’s website, Muholi experiments with the contrast in the dark complexion of their skin to challenge complex representations of beauty, pride, and desire.

In conjunction with ART PAPERS live and the exhibition’s opening, Muholi will be speaking with curator Renée Musai Friday, September 14 at 6:30 pm. Muholi will also be speaking with Georgia State professor of Women’s and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Chamara Kwakye Friday, September 14 at 11 a.m.. Dr. Kwakye will facilitate a discussion on the second floor of 25 Park Place on GSU’s campus (room 223). Muholi is looking forward to engaging scholars and students of African Diaspora Studies, Fine Art and Gender and Sexuality Studies while visiting GSU on Friday.

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Zanele Muholi, Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016