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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...

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Soweto Pride

Today, Johannesburg will host its annual Pride event with a march and other festivities. The 2013 event, titled, “Back To Our Roots,” was rescheduled in September and moved to the well-heeled Sandton district of the city. Yet both the new title and...

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

My Favorite Photographs N°12: Kelebogile Ntladi

The latest image-maker in the “Favorite Photographs” series is South African photographer Kelebogile Ntladi. Based in Johannesburg, Kelebogile uses her images to interrogate gender norms and unapologetically contribute to the establishment of new space for dynamic identities...

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Zanele Muholi’s “Mo(u)rning” | Exhibition

On Thursday, July 26, the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town had an opening: Mo(u)rning. Photographic and other works by Zanele Muholi. Muholi had lost much of her work a couple months earlier in a more than...

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The New Yorker covers violence against lesbians in South Africa

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....

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Preview: London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

A coincidence? Surely not. At the same time as the Out in Africa festival in South Africa celebrating lesbian and gay film (see earlier post), runs the prestigious London Lesbian and Gay film festival. At this year’s festival,...

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

2011: The Year of the Woman

It was a great year, maybe one of the best ever, for direct action in-the-streets in-your-face pro-democracy movements, and they were largely pushed and pulled by women. Starting with Tunisia, food uprisings spread quickly to Egypt, Algeria,...

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

‘Lesbians Seeing Lesbians’

The South African photographer Zanele Muholi is exhibiting some of her work–at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (26 Wooster Street) as part of an exhibition of contemporary photographers, “Lesbians Seeing Lesbians: Building Community in Early Feminist Photography” Here’s...

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

‘Contemporary South African Photography’

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 through 17 July this year at the...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

African women’s visual narratives

If you’re in London, “Reflections on the Self ,” an exhibition of “African women’s visual narratives, as told through self-portraits and portraits of other women,” will be at the Royal Festival Hall till April 4th.  It features the...

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Mary Sibande

The Johannesburg-based artist Mary Sibande who creates life-size sculptures of black women in brightly coloured and elaborate Victorian dresses, is one of two African artists (among 30 plus artists worldwide) awarded the Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowships “… which every...

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Black Diamonds

Art dealer Michael Stevenson’s 15th annual Summer Exhibition (at the MS Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa) comprises five solo shows, by artists Anton Kannemeyer, Viviane Sassen, Claudette Schreuders, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Hylton Nel: The exhibition...

Monday, December 6th, 2010

L’Expo Photo

The French Fondation Blachère has chosen to feature the work of African photographers Nestor Da, Baldwin Mouanda, François-Xavier Gbré, Zanele Muholi (that’s one of her images above), Mohamed Bourouissa and Uche Iroha-Okpa at the 8th African Photography...

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Anybody can be a maid

With two hundred rand in your pocket you can transform yourself into a maid. If you take your two hundred rand to your local Pick n’ Pay or Shoprite you can buy a maid’s uniform. In the...

Monday, July 5th, 2010

‘Pop Culture Politics’

Short video profile of 10 South African artists featured in the exhibition “… For Those Who Live In It: Pop Culture Politics and Strong Voices,” in Eindhoven in the Netherlands (till August 17th). According to the organizers...

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Homophobia as National Sport

This may make for depressing reading with your breakfast, but there’s nothing new about the entrenched  homophobia in South Africa, a place where men rape lesbians to “correct” them, a government minister last month refused to open...

Friday, September 18th, 2009

VIDEO: “TO BE AFRICAN AND QUEER TODAY”

What it means to be a Black lesbian, to be a gay man or lesbian of any sort, in South Africa and on the continent more generally. South African TV clip focusing on the work of photographer...