Me and Tim Making Faces, Mission, April 2014 by Vivian Fu
portrait of the artist as a young queer
April 24, 2014
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Zanele Muholi: Of Love & Loss (2014) - Currently showing at Stevenson Gallery in Johannesberg (South Africa) from 14 February - 4 April 2014.
The opening coincides with the presentation of a prestigious Prince Claus Award to Muholi.
In times of increasingly homophobic legislation enacted by African countries and in a climate of intolerance towards homosexuals in the Western world, South Africa distinguishes itself with a Constitution that recognises same-sex marriages; yet the black LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community is plagued by hate crimes. Black lesbians are particularly vulnerable and are regularly victims of brutal murders and ‘curatives rapes’ at the hand of neighbours or ‘friends’.
Since 2013 Muholi has been documenting weddings and funerals in the black LGBTI community in South Africa, joyful and painful events that often seem to go hand in hand. The show features photographs, video works and an installation highlighting how manifestations of sorrow and celebration bear similarities and are occasions to underline the need for a safe space to express individual identities.
As Muholi writes:Ayanda Magoloza and Nhlanhla Moremi’s wedding in Katlehong took place four months after Duduzile Zozo was murdered in Thokoza. Promise Meyer and Gift Sammone’s wedding in Daveyton took place on 22 December in Daveyton, 15 days after Maleshwane Radebe was buried in Ratanda. Six months earlier, Ziningi and Delisile Ndlela were married in Chesterville, Durban. Many in the area attended the ceremony, blessed the newlywed couple and prayed for them and their children. We long for such blessings as we continue to read about the trials and tribulations that LGBTI persons experience in their churches, where homosexuality is persecuted. In 2014, when South African democracy celebrates its 20 years, it seems more important than ever to raise again our voice against hate crimes and discriminations made towards the LGBTI community.
The exhibition includes also a series of autobiographical images, intimate portraits of Muholi and her partner taken during their travels, a tender counterpoint to the tension still generated in South Africa today by same-sex and interracial relationships.
This series of images by South African photographer Mamaki Rakotsoana is a project in which she took her deceased father’s photographs and reproduced them in a manner that investigates her relationship to him, as well as his relationship to the women in his life.
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To those of you who have already emailed us to express your interest in working with us on The Secrets Women Keep Project, thank you for sharing your secrets with us with such grace and honesty.
We will be extending the application deadline to WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL at 5pm so if you are thinking about applying, please do get in touch before then.
We would also like to highlight the following points:
- The workshops are open to all women of colour between the ages of 18 - 24 irrespective of your artistic experience.
- The workshops are specifically aimed at women of colour between the ages of 18-24, however older applicants who specifically detail why they would like to be considered may be selected.
- Please be aware that workshop spaces are limited to 7 participants.
- Successful applicants will be contacted on Friday 4th April 2014.
For more information on how to apply click here
Check out Indigo’s SWK video here
And check out the ‘A Different Mirror’ exhibition website here
Lesley & Indigo