Category Archives: African

2019 Feb. 14: Remembering to breath during Lesotho XP.

Text and Photos by Tsebo Phakisi I should have known the first day I left home to attend the weeklong Photo XP workshop that my life would change. I should have felt that the week would be a thrust so … Continue reading

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2019 Feb. 6: Ukuzalelwa ekhayeni lama Thonga.

by: Nonkululeko “Sicka” Mthunzi Everyday can be a struggle, an exciting or just a normal day but it’s just a new day everyday. It means its another light that shines on us; saying this reminds me of my aunt who every … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 21: Sealing the union of love

by Lerato Dumse  A generous dose of ululating, praise and tears of joy was dished out, during a two-part engagement ceremony at Victory Ministries Church International (VMCI). The last leg of Bathini Dambuza and Portia Dludlu’s engagement announcement (known as … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 12: Muholi presents Faces and Phases (2006 -14) at home

by Lerato Dumse Zanele Muholi’s family and friends gathered for the Durban instalment of Faces and Phases 2006-14 book launch, hosted on Friday 12 December, at W section Cinema Hall, Umlazi. The award-winning photographer who was born in Umlazi has … Continue reading

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2014 Nov. 26: Freedom…that’s all we need

We write letters into ANCient scrolls with ANCient mentalities that refuses to act now… We recite poems into dead societies with zombies in suits and big bellies.. Nobody hears us, we are in the basement of their thoughts… long forgotten … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 29: Announcement – 2015 Light Work Artists-in-Residence

We Are Pleased to Announce The 2015 Light Work Artists-in-Residence Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 31: Visiting Queer families and friends

  2014 Oct. 23:  The day we visited the Simelane family in KwaThema. In the picture is Lerato Dumse, Mally Simelane (Eudy’s mother) and Zanele Muholi.   2014 Oct. 23: Lindeka Qampi photographing the three as we continued with our … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 13: Mother of the recently murdered lesbian demands justice

Text by Lerato Dumse Photos by Zanele Muholi  A suspect is due to appear in the Tsakane Magistrate Court today (October 14), in connection with the fatal stabbing of Phumzile Nkosi (27) on October 2, 2014.   Pastor Dlamini led … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 13: The most exquisite Miss & Mr Gay Daveyton 2014

by Lerato Dumse Sitting in a high chair and waiting for the pageant to start, Mapaseka Mthunzi braved the cold Friday night weather, to watch her daughter Sharon “Sicka Star-Ban”. Sicka is one of the fourteen participants in the third Mr & … Continue reading

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2014 Aug. 21: “We want ACTION. Why must we still fight for OUR RIGHTS!?”

At the forefront of our struggle, at this time of sadness… Activists from Gay Umbrella leading the way to the sport grounds before the Memorial service of Disebo Gift Makau… Angry community members demanding justice for Disebo…     On … Continue reading

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