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Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness.

Photographs by Zanele Muholi. Interview and essay by Renée Mussai. Contributions by Andiswa Dlamini, Carla Williams, Cheryl Clarke, Christie van Zyl, Deborah Willis, Fariba Derakhshani, Hlonipha Mokoena, Jackie Mondi, M. Neelika Jayawardane, Mapula Lehong, Milisuthando Bongela, Napo Masheane, Sindiwe Magona, Sophie Hackett, and Unoma Azuah.
Aperture, New York, 2018. In English. 224 pp., 100 tritone illustrations, 10½x14".

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Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness includes one hundred self-portraits created by one of the most powerful visual activists of our time. In each of the images, Muholi drafts material props from her immediate environment in an effort to reject her journey, explore her own image and possibilities as a black woman in today’s global society, and — most importantly — to speak emphatically in response to contemporary and historical rascisms. As she states, “I am producing this photographic document to encourage people to be brave enough to occupy spaces, brave enough to create without fear of being vilified. . . . To teach people about our history, to re-think what history is all about, to re-claim it for ourselves, to encourage people to use artistic tools such as cameras as weapons to fight back.” More than twenty curators, poets, and authors offer written contributions that draw out the layers of meaning and possible readings to accompany select images. Powerfully arresting, this collection is as much a manifesto of resistance as it is an autobiographical, artistic statement.

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