"Born in South Africa in 1972, Zanele MUHOLI came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Her work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as confident and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance, and, frequently, violence. While the intimate photographs of others by Zanele MUHOLI launched their international career, their intense self-portraits solidified it.
The illustrations by Zanele MUHOLI in this catalogue include images from the key series she has produced over the past twenty years, as well as never-before-published and recent works. This book, and the exhibition it accompanies, present the full breadth of her photographic and activist practice." (© Tate Gallery, 2021)