Category Archives: Black bodies

2014 Aug. 8: To be honest I love how I look

My name is Katiso Kgope, and I was born on September 18, in 1995. I was born in Glen Wood hospital, Benoni my parents are Mandla Kgope and the late Mpho Kgope – Monyake. I was given the name of … Continue reading

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2014 July 17: Ack B(L)ACK aches

Self portraits © Zanele Muholi 2014/07/17 Where:  My bedroom/ studio @ Cite Des Arts in Paris Camera used: Canon 60D with zoom lens EF-S 28 – 135mm lens (gold) on Manfrotto MKC3-H01 No artificial light. 19h47 17/07/2014   19h44 17/07/2014 … Continue reading

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2014 July 12: Being treated like a Queen in Durban

by Sfiso ‘Candice’ Nkosi It is Thurs. 26th June 2014, my friend, Precious Maqojana and I left for Durban Pride from Johannesburg Park Station at 22:00. We stopped in Montrose for some refreshments and a bathroom break. I was starting … Continue reading

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2014 July 15: “Intombi” – Photo of the Day

Title:  Intombi I … in collaboration with Valerie Thomas, Paris (2014)       (Re)inventing Aesthetic and (Re)imagining Meaning: (Re)creating Black Beauty By Bridget Ngcobo   Zanele Muholi, a black South African visual activist standing in Paris, France stands in … Continue reading

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