Category Archives: Life Stories

2016 Aug. 9: Look back and go forward

by Mbali Zulu Look back and go forward. Looking at the picture of the group I am forced to look back and go forward. What is it that I am looking back at? What is it that I am going … Continue reading

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2015 Aug. 11: Awed by Syracuse

Day 6: @ Light Work AIR  by Muholi Good morning Lerato Dumse I woke up at 4h11. I’m working already. It is another day now. Jet lag is taking its own toll on me. Am thinking about what we’ve done since … Continue reading

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2015 May 15: Rest in Peace, Mama

Letter to my late mother Mother –  the 1st Lady in my life, Nelly Matee “Lala” Makalela Mama, its been hard. 3 months ago when I laid you to rest Mama, I remembered all you have ever said to me. … Continue reading

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2015 Feb.27: Announcement – Public Lecture by Zanele Muholi @ UCLAN, London

  Making Histories Visible is pleased to announce a public lecture by award-winning South African photographer Zanele Muholi on Tuesday 17th March at the University of Central Lancashire. An internationally acclaimed visual activist, Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of … Continue reading

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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. 3: I dropped out of the closet many times

“It is a story about my coming out, its more significant than any part of my life history” Being who I am should not compromise who you are. The road to coming out was not easy. I was born in … 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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