Founded in 1995, Yancey Richardson represents contemporary artists working in photography, film, and lens-based media. The gallery works closely with museums, private institutions, leading art collectors, and other galleries to support the careers of the artists we represent. Our current program includes emerging photographers as well as critically recognized, mid-career artists such as Mitch Epstein, Ori Gersht, Anthony Hernandez, Laura Letinsky, Andrew Moore, Zanele Muholi, Mickalene Thomas and Hellen van Meene. Additionally, the gallery program includes exhibitions of historically significant figures such as Lewis Baltz, William Eggleston, Ed Ruscha, August Sander, and Larry Sultan. Gallery artists have been extensively exhibited...

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Since 2015, South African artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi has created an ongoing body of self-portraits called "Somnyama Ngonyama" (translated from Zulu as “Hail, the Dark Lioness”). Turning the camera on themself, the artist adopts different poses, characters and archetypes to address issues of race and representation. The resulting images explore themes of labour, racism, Eurocentrism and sexual politics, often commenting on events in South Africa’s history and Muholi’s experiences as a South African black queer person traveling abroad. By enhancing the contrast in the photographs, Muholi also emphasizes the darkness of their skin tone, reclaiming their blackness with pride and re-asserting its beauty.

Born in Durban in 1972, Zanele Muholi lives in Johannesburg. Their photographs and site-specific photomurals were featured at 58th Venice Biennale (2019) in the exhibition "May You Live in Interesting Times". A mid-career retrospective of Muholi’s work will open at the Tate Modern in 2020. Previously, Muholi’s photographs have been exhibited in museums throughout the world including the Brooklyn Museum, Centre Pompidou, Guggenheim Museum, High Museum of Art, Kulturhistorek Museum (Oslo), Seattle Art Museum, Seoul Museum of Art and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). In addition, their work has been featured at Documenta 13, the South Africa Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale  and the 29th São Paulo Biennale.