Zanele Muholi &
Lindeka Qampi:

Limise

Limise shows a series of black and white self-portrait photographs by Prof. Zanele Muholi from the award-winning "Somnyama Ngonyama" series and colour self-portrait photographs by fellow activist and ally Lindeka Qampi. The exhibition pays homage to the 63rd anniversary of the iconic 1956 Women's March during Apartheid South Africa and also coincides with South Africa's 25th year of independence.

Zanele Muholi & Lindeka Qampi: Limise (8 August - 7 September 2019)

Description

Limise shows a selection of photographs by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi and photographer Lindeka Qampi. The exhibition pays homage to the 63rd anniversary of the iconic 1956 Women's March during Apartheid South Africa and runs from August 8 until September 7, 2019. The exhibition is guest-curated by compatriot Lerato Dumse who has collaborated with the duo since 2013.

Limise shows a series of iconic high-contrasted black-and-white self-portrait photographs by Prof. Zanele Muholi from the award winning "Somnyama Ngonyama" series and color self-portrait photographs by fellow long-time activist and ally Lindeka Qampi. The duo-exhibition comes at a crucial moment in both their careers as 2019 marks South Africa's 25th year of independence and the show highlights their long-standing contributions as human rights advocates and dedicated members of South Africa's photography community.

"Limise" is an Isixhosa word, meaning "to build". The two photographers' work side-by-side in Limise culminates in a timely and intimate appreciation of their contributions for more than a decade to the history of South Africa's photography and contemporary art. In their body of work, Muholi tackles issues of race and gender specifically: "My aim is to produce 365 self-portraits to represent each day of the year because I live as a black person 365 days in a year". Qampi's series touches on the universal topic of sexual violence. She too approaches the topic from an insider's perspective, exposing, confronting and rising above traumatic personal experiences from her childhood. She employs metaphorical re-enactments to raise awareness while administering healing for herself. In Limise, both photographers speak to and remember their relationships with their mothers, their community work and the power of telling stories through photography.

Since 2002, Prof. Muholi has been best known for advocacy work supporting the rights of LGBTQI communities in South Africa, training a younger generation of photographers and building an archive of testimonials for and with the LGBTQI community, using photography as a tool to document and tell their stories. As part of the "Somnyama Ngonyama" series, Muholi denounces social injustice and racism.

Qampi started doing photography in 2006 at Iliso Labantu ("the eye of the people"), a photographers collective, spending the first decade of her photography career focusing on daily township life. Lindeka Qampi's photography also developed from her human rights work, especially focusing on anti-xenophobia, anti-sexism and anti-homophobia. Qampi develops a series of color self-portraits that collectively tell an interconnected narrative. In Limise, both Muholi and Qampi develop on their past work taking portraits of friends and close associates and turn to face the lens.


Works

Zanele Muholi: Vukani II, Paris

Vukani II, Paris

Photograph

2014

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

60,0 x 33,0 cm

Zanele Muholi: Zodwa, Paris

Zodwa, Paris

Photograph

2014

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

100,0 x 61,0 cm

Zanele Muholi: Zodwa I, Amsterdam

Zodwa I, Amsterdam

Photograph

2015

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

20,0 x 13,3 cm

Zanele Muholi: Zodwa II, Amsterdam

Zodwa II, Amsterdam

Photograph

2015

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

40,0 x 32,0 cm

Zanele Muholi: Zamile, KwaThema

Zamile, KwaThema

Photograph

2016

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

80,0 x 62,5 cm

Zanele Muholi: Hlelile, ISGM, Boston

Hlelile, ISGM, Boston

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

39,6 x 59,4 cm

Zanele Muholi: Kuhulumani I, ISGM, Boston

Kuhulumani I, ISGM, Boston

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 44,2 cm

Zanele Muholi: Kuhulumani II, ISGM, Boston

Kuhulumani II, ISGM, Boston

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 45,2 cm

Zanele Muholi: MuMu IX, Newington, London

MuMu IX, Newington, London

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 49,2 cm

Zanele Muholi: Muzane I, Radisson Blue Berkshire, London

Muzane I, Radisson Blue Berkshire, London

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 42,0 cm

Zanele Muholi: Lishonile, BellCourt, Seattle

Lishonile, BellCourt, Seattle

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

42,0 x 59,4 cm

Zanele Muholi: Sukile, Harbor Steps Apartments, Seattle

Sukile, Harbor Steps Apartments, Seattle

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 315g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 50,0 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Amatyathanga, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Amatyathanga, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Photograph

2015

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Indaba, Sardinia

Indaba, Sardinia

Photograph

2015

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

84,1 x 59,4 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Inyanda, North Carolina

Inyanda, North Carolina

Photograph

2016

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

84,1 x 59,4 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Blanket Worms, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Blanket Worms, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Photograph

2017

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

84,1 x 59,4 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Itapeti, Harare Township, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Itapeti, Harare Township, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Photograph

2017

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

84,1 x 59,4 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Unomadlaka dlaka, Harare Township, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Unomadlaka dlaka, Harare Township, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Photograph

2017

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Umthwalo, West Philadelphia

Umthwalo, West Philadelphia

Photograph

2018

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

84,1 x 59,4 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Iinyembezi, Mont Frere, Eastern Cape

Iinyembezi, Mont Frere, Eastern Cape

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Induli, The Sails, Durban

Induli, The Sails, Durban

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Isingqala, Mont Frere, Eastern Cape

Isingqala, Mont Frere, Eastern Cape

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

84,1 x 59,4 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Ndimi Ndodwa, South Beach, Durban

Ndimi Ndodwa, South Beach, Durban

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Njongo, The Sails, Durban

Njongo, The Sails, Durban

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm

Lindeka Qampi: Silver Water, South Beach, Durban

Silver Water, South Beach, Durban

Photograph

2019

Giclée print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta paper

59,4 x 84,1 cm


Event

Opening Event: Artists' Talk and Poetry Reading Copyright: © Zanele Muholi. © Lindeka Qampi. © afaq. © Mahret Kupka.

Poetry and Community Dialogue

afaq (Poet); Kupka, Mahret (Presenter); Muholi, Zanele (Photographer); Qampi, Lindeka (Photographer)

Live poetry by afaq followed by community dialogue with visual activists and photographers Zanele Muholi and Lindeka Qampi. The community dialogue will be moderated by curator and writer Mahret Kupka. Muholi and Qampi will share more about their practice and afaq's poem will draw from both Muholi's and Qampi's work in the show and her personal connection to both photographers through the Women's Mobile Museum in Philadephia (2018-19).


Press

Below you will find a list of press clippings about Zanele Muholi's and Lindeka Qampi's show Limise.