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2017 April 27: 23 Years of ‘Freedom’

“The prospect of being given a second chance after 1994 is rather intricate, I say to you now; I am the change I want to see in South Africa. As much as I was once left bruised, violated, lied to, … Continue reading

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2016 Feb. 18: Muholi talks self-representation at Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Text and photos by Lerato Dumse So here I was, looking at the beautiful night view of New York City from thousands of feet in the air. While the plane made a descent into LaGuardia airport, my excitement ascended as … Continue reading

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2015 May 14: “I’m happy living my life the way I am”

  I’m Ziningi Praiseworth Ndovela, a 31year old born in Izingolweni (kwaXolo tribal) and grew up there until I obtained my Senior Certificate, then moved to Durban in Umlazi township. I belong to the lesbian world, the life that some people hate … Continue reading

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LGBTQIA History Month: Our Heroes- Zanele Muholi

Visual Activism is an alternative approach to convey black lgbti history in SA and beyond.

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2015 Feb. 10: Another round for Norway

by Lerato Dumse Lillestrøm, Norway, is how successful South African photographer/artivist, Zanele Muholi, kicks off her traveling schedule for the year 2015. Apart from on-going shows such as her Midsumma exhibition in Australia, titled Visual Activism. Black and White portraits from her lifetime project, Faces … Continue reading

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2015 Jan. 5: An ally shares her perspective

Book Review When I started reading the book I had already received a review from my cousin. At first it was hard not to look and read it using the glasses that she provided. My wish was to read it … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 28: Javas & Mashadi’s pre wedding lunch

Where:  Mike’s Kitchen in Alberton With who:  Inkanyiso crew & Friends Camera used:  Canon 600D     Sisters with style… lead by Zandile Makhubu in front with blue top… Our lovely couple, Javas & Mashadi Ndlovu to get married in … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 29: Reflection for the end of 2014

  2014 is fast drawing to an end. For some it has been a challenging year, while for others, it was smooth sailing. In all that has happened we need to thank God for the good and the bad that we … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 24: If things were going my way

Lebo Leptie Phume & Zanele Muholi interviewed some special friends about their Christmas wishes. I grew up celebrating Christmas because that’s what everyone was doing and it’s not like I had a choice not to celebrate it. Even though I … 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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