Leading South African LGBTI activist and photographer Zanele Muholi marks the eleventh anniversary of her seminal portrait series Faces and Phases. Back in 2006 the globally acclaimed photographer was still an emerging artist and was painfully aware of the lack of documentation of the black queer community in South Africa. At the same time as the South African government adopted the Civil Union Act (legalising same-sex marriage), Muholi began her Faces and Phases project photographing black lesbians and gender queer persons from her community and the project has since grown into a globally-acclaimed living archive of black lesbian life in South Africa.
The project is now 11 years old with more than 250 images taken and Muholi has also started to go back and take follow up portraits of her subjects, adding further depth to the personal histories told through these images. In the Faces and Phases 11 exhibition Market Photo Workshop displays new follow-up portraits of original Faces and Phases subjects and of Market Photo Workshop alumni.
Opening event Fri Nov 17 at 18:00.