Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Vol. II

Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Vol. II
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Vol. II

Aperture announces the second volume of the critically acclaimed self-portrait series, Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. In Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Vol. IIthe artist Zanele Muholi (born in Umlazi, Durban, South Africa) explores and develops notions of blackness and the countless possibilities of the self.

Since the publication of the first volume, in 2018, Muholi has continued to create self-portraits in various locations around the world. Drawing on different materials or found objects referencing each environment, a specific event or lived experience, Muholi offers a multiplicity of daring interpretations of their own image. These imaginative self-portraits propose and explore a range of possible identities in today’s globalized society and emphatically respond to contemporary and historical racisms. Alongside nearly a hundred new photographs, curator and art historian Renée Mussai brings together a diverse set of written contributions from a dozen curators, poets, artists and authors, constructing a poetic and experimental framework in sync with speculative futures and the ambiguity and complexity of political representation. Powerfully striking, this collection further amplifies Muholi’s expressive and radical manifesto. As they state in the first volume: “My practice as a visual activist is concerned with black resistance – both existence and insistence.”

Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Vol. II includes a lengthy interview with the artist and essays by Sophia Al-Maria, Natasha Becker, Phoebe Boswell, Tina M. Campt, Natasha Ginwala, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Aluta Humbane, Ntsiki Jacobs, Khanyisile Mbongwa, Renée Mussai, Porsha Olayiwola, Lola Olufemi and Legacy Russell.

Zanele Muholi : Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Vol II
Aperture
Format: Hardcover
Number of pages: 172
Number of images: 80
Design by Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine, based on the 2018 volume by Duncan Whyte
Publication date: 2024-6-11
Measures: 10 3/8 x 14 inches
ISBN: 9781597115377
US$85.00 / CAN$110.00 / UK£70.00
www.aperture.org/books

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