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 butch lesbian, was brutally murdered in Thokoza township a few months before Ayanda’s wedding. According to Muholi, the whole community, as well as friends and relatives, came out to support Ayanda and Nhlanhla’s wedding, with “not a trace of homophobia on the day.”
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an African-American reporter based in South Africa, has penned a piece in this week’s New Yorker titled “Violated Hopes” (subscription required) that covers the contentious topic of sexual violence directed against black South African lesbians. Hunter-Gault frames the piece on the experiences of lesbian women in townships in Johannesburg and Cape Town, interviewing several women who have experienced sexual violence at the hands of men.
[vodpod id=Video.5895661&w=500&h=411&fv=requestURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.vam.ac.uk%2Fchannel%2Fjson%2Fvideo_player.php%3Fid%3D629%2526style%3D0%2526embeded%3Dtrue%26amp%3BurlToShare%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.vam.ac.uk%2Fchannel%2Fpeople%2Fphotography%2Ffigures_and_fictions_sabelo_mlangeni%2F] A short video profile of the Johannesburg photographer, Sabelo Mlangeni, one of 17 South African photographers in “Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography“, showing from 12 April…..