Contemporary Art Society

Frieze Fairs - 03 Oct 2019

’It's a Victory for the Participants of the Series’

On the significane of Zanele Muholi’s ‘Faces and Phases’ series, acquired by the Contemporary Art Society at Frieze London 2019

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Contemporary Art Society’s (CAS) Collections Fund at Frieze has enabled the acquisition at Frieze London of a major work for the collection of a regional institution. This year, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery was selected to acquire work that speaks to the history of the Museum’s building as a site of protest and popular uprising.

The Collections Fund at Frieze chose to acquire 11 works by South African artist Zanele Muholi from Stevenson Gallery. The works are drawn from the series ‘Faces and Phases’: the renowned living archive of photographs that commemorates and celebrates Black lesbians, trans and gender non-conforming individuals in South Africa.

In this video, Nottingham Castle Principal Curator Deborah Dean, CAS Director Caroline Douglas and Stevenson Gallery Associate Director Lerato Bereng discuss the resonance and relevance of Muholi’s work in the UK, South African and global contexts.