Exhibition: Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness


Friday, January 31, 2020 (All day) to Monday, June 1, 2020 (All day)


Cooper Gallery - 102 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Curated by Renée Mussai

31 Jan 2020 - 01 June 2020

An Autograph Traveling Exhibition

In more than 80 self-portraits, celebrated visual activist Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972), uses their body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. In Somnyama Ngonyama, which translates from isiZulu to ‘Hail The Dark Lioness’, Muholi playfully employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate contemporary identity politics. Each black and white self-portrait asks critical questions about social (in)justice, human rights, and contested representations of the Black body.

Somnyama Ngonyama exhibition poster

ORGANIZER: Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center

WEBSITE: https://coopergallery.fas.harvard.edu/somnyama-ngonyama