My art lungs can breathe again
In our next step out of lockdown movies, indoor dining and museums opened up again. I’ve been waiting to go to a museum and the nearest is the Tate Modern. There were several exhibits I wanted to see so I quickly a spot in the first week. It was a 15 minute walk from my office in the City with river vistas on the trip across the London Millennium Footbridge.
At the base of the footbridge there is a stand of birch trees that separate the river from the Tate Modern. I took some interesting pictures after a brief snow shower of the same trees during the winter.
The show I saw was a retrospective of photographer-activist Zanele Muholi. The guide describes the artist: “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.”
I enjoyed all their work but the most striking for me were the series of self-portraits with various household items found in different cities they visited; each had undertones and significance for Muholi’s activism. In many photos the items were creatively arranged as accessories for a high-fashion photo shoot.
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I had to walk quickly to make it back to work in time for a meeting but I got one more picture before heading across the footbridge.
I actually didn’t make it upstairs to the office but had to take the entire meeting from the Austin Friars courtyard outside. It was actually a nice place to be for the meeting, until the bells of the Dutch Church rang for 2 PM while I was off mute, making quite a stir on the call.