Events — 29 Jul 2016

Screening of Zanele Muholi’s documentary Difficult Love (2010) on the occasion of Amsterdam Gay Pride/ EuroPride 2016, followed by a Q&A with the artist. The film will be screened continuously during the weekend of July 30 – 31.

15 E adults / 7,50 students / gratis with museumcard, Vrienden-card en YS-card
Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
29 Jul, 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM
Main language
Reservation necessary

Zanele Muholi, Difficult Love, 2010, HD video, 47min34, filmstilll, Courtesy of STEVENSON Cape Town and Johannesburg

29 - 31 July 2016

EuroPride: Zanele Muholi
Difficult Love
Loan from STEVENSON Cape Town and Johannesburg

In Difficult Love (2010) Zanele Muholi narrates the lives and challenges of South African queer and lesbian women. The artist, a self-proclaimed ‘visual activist’, is known for representing black lesbian identity through large series of photographic portraits in black and white. With her work Muholi aims ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond.’

South Africa legalized same-sex marriage in 2006 and is on the forerun of acknowledging LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) rights. Yet sexual minorities are too often victims of discrimination, corrective rape and brutal killings. Muholi takes up the responsibility of documenting the struggles of the lesbian and queer community in her country. In the documentary Difficult Love, she combines her photographs with the stories of individuals, couples, activists and victims, as well as homophobes. In doing so, Muholi’s visual documentation becomes a means to create visibility for their lives and to challenge the prevalence of homophobia and transphobia.

More about the artist

Zanele Muholi (1972, SA) is a visual artist and activist. She was a co-founder of the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) and founded the forum for queer and visual (activist) media Inkanyiso. In 2013 she received the Prins Claus Award and in 2016 she was awarded with the ICP Award for Documentary and Photojournalism. Muholi’s Faces and Phases series has been exhibited at the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010), Documenta 13 (2012) and the South African Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Solo exhibitions include the Schwules Museum in Berlin (2014), the Brooklyn Museum in New York (2015) and the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool (2015), among others. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at various institutions, such as the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York (2014) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (2015). Muholi’s work is part of the exhibition What We Have Overlooked, currently on show at Framer Framed in Amsterdam (June 30 – August 21, 2016). In 2016 the Stedelijk acquired four portraits from Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama series for its collection. 


Dates: July 1 - 3 2016
Jan Dibbets
Pandora's Box: Jan Dibbets on Another Photograpy
Loan from Paris Musées and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Dates: July 8 - 10 2016
Zachary Formwalt 
An Unknown Quantity
Acquired for the SMA collection, 2015

Dates: July 15 -17 2016
Rudi Fuchs
A selection of works from the collection
Acquired for the SMA collection 1993 - 2003 

Dates July 22 – 24 2016
EuroPride 2016
A selection of works from the collection
Acquired by the SMA 

EuroPride: Carlos Motta + Q&A
Data: 5 - 7 aug 2016 

See the full program here

Stedelijk Summer Screenings is a part of Stedelijk Friday Night