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An Evening with Zanele Muholi and Lady Phyll

Zanele Muholi, ‘Ordeal’ 2003
Zanele Muholi, Ordeal 2003. Tate. © Zanele Muholi

Join us for a special screening of Muholi's documentary Difficult Love, followed by a conversation between Muholi and UK Black Pride's Lady Phyll

This is an exclusive chance to watch Zanele Muholi's documentary, Difficult Love (2010). The film is an intimate portrayal of life for Black lesbians in South Africa. Directed by Muholi and Peter Golsmid, the documentary is narrated by Muholi and provides a snapshot of what it means to be queer and Black in the world today.

The screening will be followed by an in conversation between Muholi and Lady Phyll of UK Black Pride. Together, they will discuss what difficiult love looks like for QTIPOC communities in South Africa and Britain and the importance of chosen families.

This talk forms a part of Tate Exchange's Love programme and is a collaboration with UK Black Pride, whose theme for 2020 is home.

The film and in conversation will be available to view exclusively through this webpage on 17th November 2020 at 19.30.

With thanks to the South African Broadcast Corporation.


Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi (they / them) is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

Lady Phyll

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she / her) is the nucleus of the award-winning celebration and protest that is UK Black Pride. Widely known as Lady Phyll – partly due to her decision to reject an MBE in the New Year’s Honours' list to protest Britain’s role in formulating anti-LGBTQ penal codes across its empire – she is also the executive director of Kaleidoscope Trust, an organisation working towards the liberation of LGBTQ people around the world.

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Date & Time

17 November 2020 at 19.30–21.30

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