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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Zanele Muholi’s new work mourns and celebrates South African queer lives

Many of the images in Zanele Muholi's new solo exhibition, "Of Love & Loss," depict the celebration of black gay and lesbian weddings. She tells me about Ayanda Moremi’s marriage to Nhlanhla in Katlehong, Johannesburg, in November last year. Ayanda, a lesbian mother who lives in Vosloorus, was at the forefront of Duduzile Zozo’s funeral. Zozo, a...

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Confronting Afrikaners’ cultural masochism

South African artist Richardt Strydom’s photography is beautiful to me – albeit it in a perverse, guilty kind of way. Through self-observation and re-positioning, his art challenges ideas of power, agency and complicity through analysing and dismantling...

Friday, August 30th, 2013

South African photographer Kitty’s puzzling characters

A good photo tells a story – a great photo keeps you guessing. And that’s just what Kitty’s images do: they’re mysterious, and interpretation of them lies, mostly, in the viewer’s eyes. Or, as Diane Arbus puts...