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Zanele Muholi (b. 1972, Johannesburg) is a South African photographer and visual activist. In 2009, she founded Inkanyiso (, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. Muholi's self-proclaimed mission is "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." Muholi has won numerous awards, including a Prince Claus Award (2013) and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009). Her work has shown at, among other places, the Brooklyn Museum, Documenta 13 and the 55th Venice Biennale. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Faces and Phases: 2006-14.

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