Amref ArtBall Honours Visual Activist Zanele Muholi
This April, Art Ball will honour South African artist and LGBTQI+ visual activist Zanele Muholi with the Rees Visionary Award. Named for Amref’s late founder, surgeon and artist Dr. Tom Rees, the Rees Visionary Award is given to artists for creating exceptional work that educates, inspires, and emboldens. Muholi’s work (Somnyama Ngonyama, Faces and Phases and Brave Beauties) featured and taught in many universities, as well as exhibited around the world, addresses issues of human rights, especially of the LGBTQI+ community. Last year, the Rees Visionary Award was awarded to Toyin Ojih Odutola from Nigeria.
Zanele Muholi was born in 1972, Umlazi, Durban. She studied advanced photography from the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and holds a Masters degree in documentary media from Ryerson University, Toronto. Muholi has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally, as well as received several awards including Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009); Index on Censorship – Freedom of Expression art award (2013); Outstanding International Alumni Award from Ryerson University (2016); and ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016).
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