gallery talks

Fabienne Chiang about Zanele Muholi
4 Aug 2017

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam organizes a series of gallery talks in honor of Amsterdam Gay Pride. 

Location
Meeting point: entrance hall (info desk)
Time
4 - 5 pm
Language
English
Admission
museumcard 3 E / students 8,75 E / regular 17,50 E
Details
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Yaya Mavundla, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2014, silver gelatin print. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape TownJohannesburg en Yancey Richardson, New York.
Yaya Mavundla, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2014, silver gelatin print. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape TownJohannesburg en Yancey Richardson, New York.
Fabienne Chiang
Fabienne Chiang

This year, Pride week coincides with the first museum solo in the Netherlands of activist and artist Zanele Muholi (1972, Umlazi, Durban). Last summer Muholi visited the Stedelijk on the occasion of the screening of her documentary Difficult Love (2010) during Euro Pride 2016. The visibility of the black LGBTQI communities in South Africa, too often victims of abject discrimination and acts of violence, plays a central and vital role in her oeuvre. Muholi's work functions both as a plea for safety and equal rights and as a means of writing a (visual) history of LGBTQI individuals of color. During this gallery talk, trainee curator Fabienne Chiang will guide visitors through the galleries of the show and highlight different aspects of Muholi's work.

The exhibition Zanele Muholi at the Stedelijk showcases a selection of three different series by the artist: Faces and Phases (2006-present), Brave Beauties (2014 - present) and the most recent series Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail the Dark Lioness, 2015-present), which is shown for the first time in the Netherlands and four pieces of which are part of the Stedelijk’s collection.

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Fabienne Chiang, trainee curator at the Stedelijk Museum, assisted Hripsimé Visser in the realisation of the exhibition Zanele Muholi. She studied Media, Art, Design and Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and continued with the MA in Museum Curating at the same institute. Fabienne’s interests lie in non-western art; she wrote her bachelor’s thesis on the use of logographic characters and cultural identity in Chinese contemporary art. 

On Wednesday 2 Aug the Stedelijk organizes a Dutch-speaking gallery talk with curator Hripsimé Visser. More info: here.