Tate Modern talks_lectures | online_event

An Evening with Zanele Muholi and Lady Phyll

Main View © Zanele Muholi

Join us for a special screening of Muholi's documentary Difficult Love, introduced 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 introduced by a conversation between Muholi and Lady Phyll of UK Black Pride. Together, they will discuss what difficult love looks like for QTIPOC communities in South Africa and Britain and the importance of chosen families. Lady Phyll will also be on hand to answer your questions while you watch the documentary.

This talk forms part of our programme, From a Place of Love, produced in partnership by Tate Exchange and UK Black Pride. Inspired by the art of Zanele Muholi, it brings together Tate Exchange’s exploration of Love with UK Black Pride’s theme of Home. Join the conversation by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

The film and in conversation will be available to view exclusively through this webpage on 17th November 2020 at 19.30. After which, you will able to watch the introductory conversation below.

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.

Zanele Muholi is at Tate Modern until 4 March 2021.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Date & Time

17 November 2020 at 19.30–21.30