Zanele Muholi in conversation


Hear artist Zanele Muholi talk about their practice and upcoming presentation on the streets of Melbourne as part of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography.


“I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other.” – Zanele Muholi


For over a decade, acclaimed South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi has documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in their home country. Concentrating their unrelenting gaze on underrepresented faces and scenes, Zanele Muholi pierces and dissects issues of race, sexuality and gender.


PHOTO 2020 was proud to present an exclusive Melbourne talk with Zanele Muholi on Wednesday 18 March 2020. Muholi was in conversation with radio producer, presenter and educator Areej Nur. Nur is co-founder of African artist collective, Still Nomads as well as podcast network, Broadwave. Nur’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of conversations about media, arts, race and feminism in Australia. Due to social distancing measures the talk was held at MPavilion as a live streamed conversation without an audience.


This event was supported by Naomi Milgrom Foundation and MPavilion.


Muholi will be exhibiting new work in Melbourne and Sydney, in a partnership between PHOTO 2020 and the Biennale of Sydney.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March