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POSTED: 18 December 2018

Listen to Lyrispect's original poem The Reclamation - created in response to our touring exhibition by Zanele Muholi

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta recently hosted the US premiere of our exhibition Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. They commissioned award-winning lyricist and activist Nina "Lyrispect" Ball to create an original poem in response to the show, which debuted at #SpelZanelePRIDE.

#SpelZanelePRIDE was a panel discussion featuring esteemed guests Dr. Beverly Guy Sheftall, Latishia James-Portis, and Marla Renee Stewart on the sexuality, spirituality, and visibility of #LGBTQI women of the African Diaspora during Atlanta’s annual PRIDE celebration.

The panel was preceded with a performance of Lyrispect's commission – The Reclamation – and sparked an afternoon of epic and poetic proportions.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the only museum in the United States emphasising art by women of the African Diaspora. While Somnyama Ngonyama has now ended, check out their website to see what else is on.

The Reclamation was originally performed at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and recorded at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.

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The Museum’s presentation of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness is made possible by the Wish Foundation and LUBO Fund. Major funding provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the direction of Fulton County Arts & Culture. Additional funding provided by the Massey Charitable Trust. Program support provided by the Spelman College Office of the President.

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Banner image: Lyrispect performing at #SpelZanelePRIDE. Photograph by Adrianna Clark.