2014 Nov. 24: Our Photographs have been taken

by Junie Sihlangu

I’ve always been a fan of Zanele Muholi’s work and it was such an honour to get to review her book Faces and Phases 2006–14.

I honestly thought it would be just a bunch of photos, as that is what she’s famous for. I was pleasantly surprised when I found poetry, short articles and small biographies of lesbians and trans people.

The only word I can think of when reading and paging through this book is “moved”. I was moved by the striking images, moved by the words and life stories, moved by the quotes and most of all, I was moved by the feeling of belonging. I saw myself in so many of the articles, the thoughts expressed and the images taken.

I went through so many emotions, happiness, laughter, connection, anger, immense sadness and confusion. It’s a book you want to share with others. I told my girlfriend that I would use it as a sort of “coming out” or educational item by putting it where my family will find it and hopefully they’ll become curious and want to read it.

Kekeletso Khena, Green Market Square, Cape Town, 2012

Kekeletso Khena, Green Market Square, Cape Town, 2012

The idea is that after paging through it, they just might realise that I am not the only lesbian, that it’s not a disease and maybe for once, they will understand who I truly am. ( This makes a beautiful quote)

I wish for all the young lesbians and transgender individuals to have an opportunity to read this book, to see that they are not alone. To know that religion, muti or reparative programs will not change who they are and that it is a gift to be lesbian or trans.

What I would have done to have been able to access to a book that shows me images of other lesbian women, how normal and natural they are. How much they struggle like anyone else, how strong they are and how they overcome obstacles in their ways. How human they are and how alike we are.

Matshidido Mofokeng and Sweeto Mahlatse who are both featuring in the series...

Matshidido Mofokeng and Sweeto Mahlatse who are both featuring in the series…

 

The stories about hate crimes still upset me, but they show me the reality of what life is like for us. The book is like a life guide. Tells you that being homosexual is not a curse, tells you to stand up tall and be proud of who you are. Pushes you to go for your dreams and believe in yourself, but also prepares you for the challenges that a black lesbian woman will face…including rejection, loneliness, being outcast, not accepted, raped, hurt, hated, targeted and so much more. But more than anything, it tells you to fight, to be you no matter what. That is a powerful statement.

I hope it will be translated into many languages, that more books like this will be produced. That they will be taken to the townships, to schools, to the rural areas where that young girl battles with who she’s attracted to. I pray it reaches the churches, the hospitals, clinics and the household with that guy who thinks he can correct a lesbian by raping and killing her.

I certanly hope that Faces and Phases changes hearts, changes mindsets, opens people’s eyes and they finally see us for who we truly are.

I am inspired by this book. It’s a light in the darkness, the hope that so many need. It’s evident that a lot of work went into creating it, the only criticism I have is that I wish there was a wider variety of images instead of the repetition of certain subjects so we may truly see how vast we are. I also would have loved to read more of Miss Muholi’s own words and thoughts as some are quoted in Gabeba Baderoon’s essay.

All in all, I was delighted by it and I believe it is a huge accomplishment for the whole black lesbian and trans community. Our stories have been told and more importantly our photographs have been documented. No one can claim that we never existed and Sindiwe Magona would be pleased.

BIO

Junie Sihlangu is an aspiring businesswoman 24/7. A freelance graphic designer when needed. I am a good lover and writer (when asked). A jill of some trades, and a great soul.

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2014 Nov. 20: Book Review : Faces and Phases (2006 – 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Nov. 24: My love story

by Tsepo Kgatlhane

I’m okay, but I know I will be better with love.

From what I remember, I can’t pass knowing that I have always been celebrated. I have always been best friends with the finer things in life. Both my career and social wellness have been consistent.

Starting by being considered as a best friend by many, to making open minded decisions on careers that would benefit my excellence. I can say that I am at peace with myself.

Living in a gay society where it is not in many cases that gay people could confidently say they have been in a solid, inter-dependent relationship for more than at least 5 years.

That is one statement not many could say and I doubt can still utter. I find myself fearing the possibility that I will be one of those excluded from the minority that can say that.

I too just wanted love. I remember my me-sessions where I’d have my best friend tell me about how hopelessly in love he is, how amazing the game is and that I should get my groove on. Sadly, I found myself at a space where I always knew that I’m not into the typical.

I know I’m not into the showcase side of things, I’m not into the attributes or the tangible dividends. For someone of my caliber, someone so in touch with their true self, the notion scared me. I ended up asking myself, “Tsepo, is it really about what a person has, how qualified they are, what they drive or is it about who there are?” So I thought, “get over yourself and just have fun, date!! Live!!”

Then I met my first mistake, my best friend refers to him as my first “lesson”. He was cute of cause, I unapologetically do not compromise with the facial proportion of the gentlemen. I like them handsome, and that’s just rule number 1. He was indeed, we were young, he wasn’t gay, or maybe he was. He was super smart and we all know smart people always have a subliminal way of explaining or justifying their deeds.

We were your typical picture perfect couple. It was at varsity, only a few would really know what the deal was when we were so limited to express affection in society. We were celebrated by many, or maybe mocked in silence but truly celebrated by only a few.

Sad though, how much I wanted to show him off. Have coffee with him in public. However that couldn’t happen. I had the perfect partner in a lie of my own. I knew this wouldn’t last, I knew that one day or the other he would go back to be straight to continue the Romeo and Juliet dream.

I was hurt, and as years went by, I evolved, I developed. I became my own me. My career demanded that. And now I’m ready.

I am organised for love. But not love that I don’t know, not the one everyone tells me about. I’m going to be unapologetic about it. I want him real, so real that without a cent his confidence, poise and self-assurance cuts so deep it intimidates the affluent one. I want him so smart that he completes my sentences. I want him so developed that his most decadent experience is stranger to Facebook. I want him so sweet, yes affable… oh!! I want him so friendly that a pensioner could laugh at his jokes. I want him educated of cause. Don’t we all?

It would be way to selfless of me to settle with someone who forgot what Madiba went to prison for. I want him sharp in opinion. Well-traveled and he should be so ambitious even I should feel I gotta work more on my game.

So future husband, note I say future husband, and not boyfriend, that’s for insecure old gay people, I recognise that I am growing up and I’m normal! I too want my family and fret over what to cook for supper, there for I write this to you.

Please note that I am one of a kind. Not because I say so but because I recognise my gift and I practice it. I hope when we meet you have accrued much from your efforts.

I hope that I don’t have to explain myself and you will stay enemy to the statement “Tsepo is too self-involved” all the insecure ones said that and now they gladly tell everyone that I’m their ex, just because it elevates their sad status.

Please allow me to guide you where I can because I want the same form you. Allow me to be the amazing best friend you never had. Lets have sight to see only the best in us and not confound our own little story with mediocre standards. Just let me be.

Thanks.

Truth is, I know that at times we all claim to know what we want, when the veracity is all what we don’t want. I don’t want a partner that makes me feel like I need a better one.

I am ok, but I know I’m gonna be better with love.

Previous by Tsepo

2014 June 16: Remembering Thapelo with a broken heart

 

 

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2014 June 11: I am an educator

 

 

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2014 May 17: Unforgettable IDAHO speech

 

 

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2014 May 17: One sided fight against Homophobia and Transphobia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Nov. 20: Book Review: Faces and Phases (2006 – 2014)

There is no single smile in Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases 2006-14 book

The book was recently launched in Johannesburg South Africa, and is a collection of black and white portraits captured by Zanele Muholi between 2006 to 2014.

They are photographs of lesbians and transgender individuals.
The people featured are beautiful, angry, sexy, powerful, tired, educated, motivated, inspired and intriguingly unique.

The colour of their skin, love and sexual attraction places them on these pages.

These black Lesbians and Trans-wo/men come from all walks of life and from everywhere in the world, including South Africa, Sweden, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Canada and beyond.

Some photographs are coupled with the participants’ biography, as well as stories that are; inspiring, sad, encouraging, heart breaking, and somehow a promise of a better tomorrow. While other biographies bring anger and disgust.

You need to have a strong stomach to handle the truth about the sufferings, the cruelty and love shared in the Faces and Phases pages.

In many ways, I find the book to be an empowering validation of the black wo/men’s ability to accept, overcome, exist and still love in a space where one is hated and ostracized by their own family and community, and lives in danger.

The 2013 Mr Daveyton winners. From Left - Right: Nontuthuzelo Mduba, Lebo Magaela and Nonkululeko Sharon Mthunzi.

The 2013 Mr Daveyton winners. From Left – Right: Nontuthuzelo Mduba, Lebo Magaela and Nonkululeko Sharon Mthunzi.

 

 
Muholi’s friends, sisters, lovers and brothers have been maimed, raped, tortured and she could be next, just for being a different kind of a black wo/man.

Most of the featured participants agree that the justification for the inhumane actions against them, is due to the claim that their sexuality is unAfrican and evil.

Their other camaraderie is the fierce and pregnant eyes that meet yours on each page. Each pair pierces through your eyes straight to your soul as if to interrogate your core with questions you wish not hear nor answer.

This is because of the knowledge that you are inversely and otherwise responsible for the anger, vulnerability, tears, hurt, pain, numbness, distrust, blood, killings, fear, grief carried in their eyes.

Nunu Sigasa, Germiston, Johannesburg, 2010

Nunu Sigasa, Germiston, Johannesburg, 2010

Zanele has been successful in capturing deep emotions through her simple yet complex black and white photographs. The eyes of the posers uncomfortably, and it seemingly intentionally drawing you in.

After involuntarily staring at each page for some time, you cannot help but turn the page anxious to disconnect from the pain, and the drawing power of the eyes, only to be met by yet another set of eyes glaring at you with a story set apart from the previous one only by detail but similar in pain, agony, conviction and determination.

These eyes are proud but carry too many questions of why and when?
There are a few biographies contained in the book.

Some of the stories may break your heart in a thousand pieces because of the cruelty experienced by the participants, and others will make you sick to the stomach when victims talk of their experience or close encounters with being raped, friends and lovers stoned, stabbed and strangled to death by other human beings only for being different.

Its a realisation that humans can be barbaric!!

Thank God for Faces and Phases; it reconnects the human with what the world has called lesbian or gay, dyke, queer or homosexual.

Nouns that are used by the ‘world’ to disconnect and detach their horrific actions and hatred for the victim, not seeing this group of people as human beings.

The book is without any doubt a necessary and an overdue reminder of the fact that LGBTIs are born of human mothers, have brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles. That some are parents who feel, cry, bleed and have dreams for their own children. In other words, the book is a reminder that we are all the same.

My wish is for the book to be read and embraced by those outside the LGBTI community – it will change the world and diminish the harsh cruel inhumane realities experienced and feared by many.
Unfortunately, even though Zanele gave it a sanitary discrete cover, this is one of those books that will unjustifiably be judged by its cover.

Amongst the heartbreaking biographies, some of the stories carry a surprising presentation of unexpected positive words of encouragement, a sense of self love and compassion.

A perfect example for many are the words by Pearl Mbali Zulu: ‘they might swear at us as much as they want to, beat us up, rape and murder us but they won’t break our souls. Our inner beauty will remain and it will be expressed in every special way’. The words standout  not because they are the first you see when you open the book but because Pearl Mbali Zulu’s biography on page 217 is poignant and inspirational and should be a message and a mantra  for every girl, young and old women, homosexual and straight!

Paging deeper and deeper in the book I became a bit concerned, that Muholi only captured young people, what about the generation before this one?

Reaching page 135 was a pleasantly anticipated surprise. My eyes connected with the eyes of Nokuthula Dhladhla who seems to be in her 40s. She is a Woman of the Cloth (Pastor) that was rejected and disowned by her spiritual family and literally pushed right into the hands of a gang that raped and left her to die by the road side.

Her church at that time said it was God’s punishment to her, for being Lesbian.
She too has overcome coming eye to eye with death, to ironically continue her spiritual calling of healing and teaching about forgiveness.

It is another pleasing honour to look into the eyes of successful professionals that the world choses to see only as Lesbians or Trans – wo/men or misfits. Page 130 introduces Joyce Ndlovu – a Human Resources Administrator for a mining company in Marikana where she is surprisingly accepted and embraced by the men mineworkers predominately from rural Zulu and Xhosa land.

Unbelievably, they call her Skhokho! (affectionate expression, endearment towards someone you love and trust with your life).

Her story is a story of hope and a glimpse of what our reality can become, when we see people for who they are.

Furthermore there are photographs of human rights activists and civil society leaders; Funeka Soldaat B of Free Gender on page 110, community builders, soccer stars and traditional healers.

Thanks to this book the many phases faced by the LGBTIs are forever archived and will one day be literature increasing the understanding of generations to come.

There is not a single smile in the Faces and Phases book. I was surprised and honoured to receive a call from Zanele Muholi inviting me to the Faces and Phases Book launch.
Later, after the launch, sitting at home, paging through this unexpected, extraordinary, arresting and can’t-put-down book, I was reminded of her equally powerful and mind capturing exhibitions I have previously attended.

It is at that same moment that I realised that there’s not a single smile in the book…but at the launch…the LESBIANS WERE HAPPY!!

I think because through this Faces and Phases book, the Lesbians were, for a moment, free and safe to be.
The black women and transmen in the book make one thing clear, it is not acceptance they seek as yet, just human compassion to be allowed to just be.

The book is a real eye opener with potential to breakdown the long standing boundaries and divisions between LGBTIs and society at large. Thanks to Zanele Muholi!
She has done it again! Created photographic collection like no other and I am confident that none like this one will be achieved in our lifetime.
Once again, excellent work for humanity!!

Looking forward to the next phase.
Regards and congratulations
Kea Modise-Moloto
– Bontlebame NPO

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2014 Nov. 21: I’m cut in two

by Christie van Zyl

What if a non-discriminatory love was re-instated as the only mantra of Love?

What if all forms of love were celebrated with no incidents of hate processing them before they are allowed to exist freely?

What if we stopped placing love in vacuums, blenders or boxes; because the outcome is always disastrous?

 

ZaVa III. Paris, 2013

ZaVa III. Paris, 2013

 
South African based Art activist and photographer Zanele Muholi has recently released a series titled ‘The ZaVa series 2013’ portraying her celebration of love between her and France based Valerie Thomas, her lover. In a recent photo article on Inkanyiso.org, titled ‘The Artivist and the Doctor’, Zanele explores a lover’s conversation happening between two women that are from different countries, different professions; different races and are involved in a long distance relationship across the world. In collaboration with Valerie, Zanele is pounding away at the negative stereotypes portrayed across the media of same sex and love relationships. ‘A celebration of love with no third party interference’ she says as she explains that people will think that the photographs were taken by a third party. She is reclaiming her body as hers in a private space with no media consumptive interference – self love. She asks,

           “What if all the professions of the world were to    explore                                               same sex love in a positive manner, not this ‘another dead lesbian’ stereotype? – Zanele Muholi

On the 24th of October 2014 South African musician Toya Delazy’s video ‘Forbidden Fruit’ was published on YouTube, which was also her celebration of all forms of love as a natural part of humanity. Toya explores the concept of forbidden forms of love being represented by exotic fruits, represented by real couples of both heterosexual and homosexual nature; kissing in her music video as well lyrical confessions exploring her enjoyment of apparent foreign-to-appreciation kinds of love.

“Oh oh, is this what I’ve been kept from, caught between hell and heaven. I’m feeling joy and freedom. There’s no reason to feel threatened, I like the guilty pleasures. I like to play it clever, it’s not time to surrender. Now or never…

What should I do, what should I, should I do?
I’m cut in two.

I love Forbidden Fruits Toya Delazy

The director of Toya’s music video Kyle Lewis decided on using real couples that are kissing in moments of serious intimacy and intensity in the video. This in itself being is a bold statement and had the anti-gay politics in South Africa in quite a stir.

Here we see the meeting of an intergenerational conversation between four professions merging to form a formidable force of fucking fantastic praises of love.
Zanele Muholi in her early forties has dedicated her photography to black and white images of salutation to the existence of same sex love and its enchanting vibrancy.
Toya Delazy in her mid twenties has taken a bold stand too and is using her music to highlight the reality of being caught up in a space of loving what society considers to be taboo.
Kyle Lewis’s decision as a director in his mid twenties, to use real couples re-enforces the purity in a mantra of love, loving and letting love live.
Then I Christie van Zyl as a poet & writer in my mid twenties with a passion for social cohesion amalgamating the effortless stand for love which can be achieved by every human being.

What if we all just directed our energy towards loving boldly and letting love live with no fear?

What if transgender love was accepted as naturally as heterosexual love?

What if we woke up tomorrow and all the medical practitioners of the world that turned away a transgender person from a hospital, were summoned to disciplinary hearings or even fired?

What if we spoke openly about the barriers we face as a humanity and none of it was found as counter cultural?

What if a man who claims to feel emasculated by losing his woman to other women, actually took a moment to take notes from those other woman?

What if a lesbian was seen as a King for having twice the amount of vaginal intellect between herself and her lover, than the man with five wives?

What if lesbians were to make love for 365 days without being killed?

What if men were to actually respect me when I say that I am happily involved with a woman whom I love dearly?

What if a man were to congratulate my engagement to woman… and not denounce it because of his desire for me which he perceives as more natural than my relationship with a woman?

What if two gay men were to kiss in public for an entire day without people saying ‘I can accept two girls kissing but two men, that is just disgusting’?

What if we acknowledged hate as unnatural?

What if PURE love was our ONLY mantra of love?

 

Other related links

 

Obie Mavuso – ‘Blessings Come, Blessings Go’

Toya Delazy – ‘Why Hate’

Toya Delazy & The Soil - ‘With you’

 

© Christie vZ
2014

 

 

Previous links by Christie

2014 Oct. 7: Rain without You

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2014 Sept. 30: Nature pains

 

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2014 Aug. 14: HEAIDS Women’s Health – ZAZI launch

 

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2014 July 4: Craddock Chroniclers

 

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2013 April 10: Another black lesbian activist has fallen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Nov. 20: New York Faces and Phases (2006 – 2014) book launch

taken by Lola with iPhone 5

Where:  Walther Collection, New York.

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC1

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC013Muholi being introduced by Artur Walther…

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC5“You’ll have to read the book from back to front” said Zanele Muholi.

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC4

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC3

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC012My incredible New York people

From L-R: Artur Walther (owner of Walther Collection), Yancey Richardson (owner of Yancey Richardson Gallery), Catherine Morris (Brooklyn Museum: Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art), Zanele Muholi (photographer) and Judy Hecker (MoMA, Assistant Curator in Department of Prints and Illustrated Books).

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC011Surrounded by beauty… Featuring Ayana Jackson 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC9Muholi with Awam Amkpa (Prof. Tisch School of the Arts NYU) who co-initiated the Black Portraitures conference in 2013.

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC010Nomonde posing with T. and Giyatri…

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC8Contemplating… after the book was launched in this space and signing extra copies that Brendan Wattenberg requested me to sign. Am left here with 3 more individuals. Nomonde Mbusi, Brendan and Lola Flash is taking these memorable photos.

 

2014 Nov. 19 Muholi @ WC7

 

 

About Lola (the photographer)

Flash was born in the United States and is of African/Native American descent. She spent 10yrs in London where she regularly exhibited her work and also attained her MA. A classic Flash photograph ‘Stay afloat, use a rubber’ is part of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanant collection.

Her early work explored notions of colour, sexuality and gender. Her technique relied on the use of cross colour processing in the dark room, an effect which aided her confrontational and questioning style (see the miscellaneous gallery). Cassell publishing used several of these cross-colour works for a series of book covers.

While still in London, Lola embarked on her [sur]passing series, inspired by tales of light skinned black people who would pass as ‘white’ during America’s period of segregation. She expanded the notion of passing to include sexuality and gender. The series carried on after her return to New York where she followed it on with her later series surmise.

Later works, quartet and scents of autumn, saw her move away from portraits and explore colour, light, decay, and what lies between.

As can be seen in her new work, Lola is currently working on images unconstrained by theme.

Lola is available for commissioned work.

Lola is listed at autograph and en foco.

 

 

Related links

2014 Nov. 7: Faces and Phases (2006 – 2014) book launch in Johannesburg

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2014 Nov. 17: MoMA talk – Photos of the night

 

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2014 Nov. 17: Announcement – MoMA present two best South African artists

 

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2014 Sept. 26: Visual diary from Ulm, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Nov. 7: Faces and Phases (2006 – 2014) book launch in Johannesburg

Where:  Market Photo Workshop

Photos by Lindeka Qampi

 

2014 Nov. 7 SlyPod_5523

SlyPod featuring in Faces and Phases series…

 

 

Text by Amo Senokwane

It was great to finally attend an event organised for Zanele Muholi by Lerato Dumse (a participant in the F&P series and journalist) emotionally supported by Market Photo Workshop (MPW). I had previously not been able to attend any of the events in Cape Town. Moving to Jozi (Johannesburg) is good. The Faces and Phases book launch at MPW was great I must say. The event was well planned and organised, I loved the outdoor setup.

Big up to Zanele Muholi and her team for providing food, drinks and transportation for the masses and of course accommodation for some of us. Thank you Z.

The fact that almost all the participants in Faces and Phases were able to attend was great and getting my second edition of the book was exciting. Upon seeing my story in the book gave me hope that it will inspire one person out there to be brave and follow their dreams and most importantly, to fully trust in God. I was happy to see so many people there, the support shown for Zanele was unbelievable.

I met new people, like Mary Louw, Ziyanda Majozi and Nqobile Zungu – just to mention a few. I also saw a lot of familiar faces which was amazing. The event had ups and downs. The down for me was the guest of honour arriving late and making us wait, which was not cool at all, but you are forgiven Muholi!!!
I was also disappointed by the behaviour that was displayed by some of the people especially when there was a speaker in front trying to address us, there were small meetings being held all over the place.

When Kekeletso Khena (who is also a participant in the series) was addressing the the microphone volume was low at first but was raised and people kept on talking willy nilly!.
I wish that next time our attitude changes and we in turn respect everyone who may have taken their time to come to congratulate and celebrate one of us and encourage some of us.

I was taught that listening is more than just a skill it is RESPECT! Let us respect our own, so that the world can respect us back.

All the best for your future endeavours.

 

2014 Nov. 7 Muholi signing book for SlyPod_5517

 

2014 Nov. 7 Ntuthu & Shaz_5546

 

2014 Nov. 7 Lungile Dladla_5527

Lungile Dladla who is in the book and also authored one of the moving stories published…

 

 

Related links

 

2014 Sept. 26: Visual diary from Ulm, Germany

 

and

 

2014 Nov. 17: Announcement – MoMA present two best South African artists

 

and

 

2014 Oct. 31: Faces and Phases (2006 – 2014) book launch

 

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2014 Nov. 17: “I love how my two portraits contradict each other”

 

 

2014 Nov. 7 Mary Louw_5528

Our dedicated activist, Mary Louw showing off her copy as she appeared in one of the pages…

2014 Nov. 7 Participants & friends_5536

 

2014 Nov. 7 Dee Dlamini_5535

Dee Dlamini who authored

2013 Oct. 12: I just feel she deserves much better

 

2014 Nov. 7 Lebo Mashifane & friend_5543

Lebo Mashifane and her friend…
2014 Nov. 7 Joanne Shaw kaThola_5549Joanne Shaw from Daveyton collected the book for her partner, Thola Sithole.

 

2014 Nov. 7 Vuvu_5553Vuvu Mtsweni, a proud lesbian mother who told her life story without shame.

2014 Nov. 7 Tumi Bouga & friend_5557Tumi Mkhuma and Phindile ‘Bouga’ Kubeka, both are participants in the book…

2014 Nov. 7 Tumi Mkhuma_5561

 

2014 Nov. 7 MM_55692014 Nov. 7 MM_5570

 

2014 Nov. 7 Matshidiso Mofokeng_5571Matshidiso Mofokeng from Vosloorus, she is a great soccer player and activist...

2014 Nov. 7 Sweeto_5576

 

2014 Nov. 7 Matshidiso & Sweeto_5577Activism will be so boring in Joburg without the voice and humor of Sweeto Mahlatse.
Her dedication to the LGBTI movement in Joburg and beyond led to her being included in the F&P series.

2014 Nov. 7 Palesa Vuvu and Siphiwe_5584Palesa Mkhwebane, Vuvu Mtsweni in front Siphiwe Mbatha, all from Daveyton came to celebrate themselves… 

2014 Nov. 7 F&P book launch 1_5596The strong audience that enjoyed the queer event of the year… 

2014 Nov. 7 Lesego Masilela_5504Lesego Masilela, a fashionista from Daveyton is also featuring in the book… 

 

More photos to be included sooner…

 

 

 

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2014 Nov. 11: The Artivist and the Doctor

… extracted from ZaVa series (2014)

Camera used: Canon 6D on tripod

Related links:

http://stevenson.info/exhibitions/muholi/index2014.html

 

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2012, is when we met in Paris…
2 years later feels like 20 years in a lesbian relationship is still ok.
We’ve traveled more than 20 cities within that short period of time
and had our photographs taken
from hotels rooms to any neutral space we discovered as safe.
We’ve been to:
Paris, Johannesburg, Florence (Italy), Durban, Umbria (Italy) , Cape Town, Geneva, Zurich, Antwerp (Belgium), Amsterdam, Ulm (Germany), Mpumalanga, Mozambique, Sao Paulo, Nice (France), …

We have a lot of differences.
She is a professional and I have my own expertise.
We argue, laugh and cry together.
We irritate each other and when we reconcile she tells me that we’ll reach 80 years together.
She lives in Europe and Me in South Africa.
Let me do not reveal the cities for now though other close friends know where we both live…

Lovemaking is great but sometimes challenging
due to roleplaying and all.
Mind you there is no third party involve in this one
It is just a collaboration between lovers
exploring intimacy fused with art activism
They say, “Love is not a crime…”
Let us all be free to love without fear of prejudice

 

To be continued…

 

 

 

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