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Exhibition - Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail The Dark Lioness

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

The self-portrait is an age-old art form that contemporary photographer Zanele Muholi composes as a form of visual activism. While traveling around the world from 2014–17, the artist staged portraits that are loaded with symbols and moods derived from new surroundings. Muholi appears in over 80 portraits, but each is uniquely challenging, framing their face with materials chosen to challenge perceptions of who and where they are. Scouring pads, cowrie shells, and washing machine tubes signal associations with domestic service, fashion choices, and plastics in the environment. A meaningful name for each portrait is given in isiZulu, the first language of the artist who now lives in Johannesburg. For this series, the artist’s direct and uncompromising gaze follows you wherever you go.

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama / Hail the Dark Lioness is organized by Autograph, London and presented in partnership with Seattle Art Museum, and curated by Renée Mussai.

Exhibition Date: July 10, 2019 – November 3, 2019

Location: Third Floor Galleries

General Admission:

Adults  - $19.99

Seniors (65+) - $17.99

Military (With ID) - $17.99

Students (With ID) - $12.99

Teens (13–18) - $12.99

Children 12 & Under - Free

SAM Members - Free

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