Sept 11, 2019
PARIS PHOTO 2019 OFFICIAL VISUAL
Paris Photo selects each year one image to represent the Fair and the current artistic trends and diverse issues that push the boundaries of photography today.
This year, our official fair image is Zanele Muholi’s Qiniso, Durban 2019 © Zanele Muholi Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg
Zanele Muholi, born in 1972 in Umlazi (Durban), lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Muholi is a South African visual activist and photographer. For over a decade she has documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa.
The selected work is a poignant statement congruent with the themes that will be addressed at this year’s edition: pluridisciplinary practices and perspectives in image-based art, the relationship between the ‘real’ and the image, representations of women and feminism in popular culture. It is also a coherent choice this year in light of Paris Photo’s unique collaboration with the French Ministry of Culture for a special programme honouring women in photography in a unique parcours created by Fannie Escoulen independent curator, highlighting the work of female artists and their contribution and representation in the History of the medium.
Image : Qiniso, Durban, 2019 © Zanele Muholi Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg