2015 July 7: A month later after Yithi Laba conference

Photo Album

Where:  Women’s Jail, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Photos by Lindeka Qampi & Zanele Muholi
Videographers:  Mzonke Madotyeni & Phumlani Mdlalose
Camera used:  Canon 6d



Kea Modise-Moloto touching on the issue of confronting our fears. She spoke during the first day of the Yithi Laba Conference (5 June 2015).


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Drawn in by words, writers, Phila Mbanjwa, Christie van Zyl and Lerato Dumse work on some text.



Amogelang Senokwane and Nosipo Solundwana pay full attention, to the proceedings at the Yithi Laba Conference.


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Bathini Dumbaza, Steve Sibahle Nkumbi and Nosiphiwo Kulati share a light moment and smile during the YL Conference.


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“These photographs are a proof to the educational journey we all had to experience . The knowledge we had to learn and shared with each other. Not forgetting the love and respect we shown amongst each other despite the age difference or background… Still missing that energy of being around the participants who were there since Day 1 especially the ones from House #6 the Bengu crew…lol” –     Tumi Nkopane


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Tumi Nkopane taking notes as the tour guide explain to the delegates on what happened to former prisoners during detention there


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Sharon “Sicka” Mthunzi, Steve Sibahle Nkumbi, Nosiphiwo Kulati and Sebenzile “Sebe” Shabalala standing a few feet away from the Isolation cells at Constitutional Hill.


Moment of reflection, Nosipo Solundwana, who later penned the ”Forgiving is costly”



Lesego Masilela, staring straight at the camera at the end of Day 1 of the YL conference


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The first weekend of June 2015 in Johannesburg, was a cold one. Yithi Laba delegates covered themselves with fleece blankets as they listened to presenters…



Initiator and funder, Zanele Muholi conducting one of the many intergenerational conversations as she explained how she wanted to celebrate SA 21 Years of Democracy with black lesbian youth featuring in Faces and Phases project…




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Allowing room for disruptions, Lerato Dumse invests her concentration span to the Conference, at the back is Velisa Jara from Freegender in Cape Town


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Rene Mathibe, artist and art teacher gave us the best presentation of her ArtWorks


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Fadzai Muparutsa, activist, shared the importance of Human Rights education with YL delegates. As advocate for change, she continues to strive for the female voice to be heard. with YL delegates.


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Dean Hutton, photographer and social media expert showcased personal visual project that kept the audience excited and curious…


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Dineo & Sbongile


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That visible bond between mother and daughter, Mapaseka and Sharon ‘Sicka’ Mthunzi

Sharing knowledge and having fun while learning nje nett/so
#yithiLaba #facesandphases #collaborations #butchmbokodo #lesbianlove #WhenFacesMeet

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Linda Mankazana, a mother, a friend, an activist and educator at Aurora Girls High School, Soweto talking about ‘when my daughter came out’…


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Muholi chatting to Mally about the process taken to kickstart the conference





Lerato eyes her mother closely, while she (mother) speaks about her experience of raising a lesbian child


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sebe + friend_4859


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As much as we over dozed knowledge and empowerment the cold just sent us to grab the throws through and through,  Baba Muholi had to advice to switch off the heaters. #heaters_war_they_were_too_few_for_us_all
– Tinashe Wakapila

#knowledge#friendship #educational #respect #love #family #transparency #nkanyiso
– Terra Dick

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“If not documented, it means never existed” Our videographer Phumlani Mdlalose defocused a bit after spending almost an hour documenting Kea


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There is no Queer Activism without our mothers. Mally Simelane, mother to the late Eudy Simelane from KwaThema with Mapaseka Mthunzi came in full support of our initiative


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Mothers as friends and allies, from L-R: Fufu Mashifane (Lebo’s mom) and Bukelwa Dumse (Lerato’s mom)…



Related link


2015 June 15: Yithi Laba (We are Pioneers)




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