Visual artist and activist, Prof. Sir Zanele Muholi to be honoured by ArtBall 2019 in New York this April.
ArtBall, not a typical New York City charity gala will honor South Africa artist and LGBTQI+ visual activist Zanele Muholi with the Rees Visionary Award. Named for Amref’s late founder, surgeon and artist Dr. Tom Rees, the Rees Visionary Award is given to artists ArtBall feel are creating exceptional work that educates, inspires, and emboldens the viewer through these challenging times. Muholi’s work, especially Somnyama Ngonyama, Faces and Phases and Brave Beauties is featured and taught in many universities and exhibited around the world addresses issues of human rights, especially that of the LGBTQI+ community, is vital and powerful. Last year the Rees Visionary Award was awarded to Toyin Ojih Odutola from Nigeria.
ArtBall is a celebration of African cultures – of African art, African music, and African healthcare solutions. It is a Contemporary African Art auction, an immersive learning experience, and a party.
The event is set to take place on Saturday, April 27th to raise money for Amref’s world-renown health programs, and for what Swizz Beatz deemed the most epically diverse event of the year!