Category Archives: Perception

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 26: “I was born this way and I cannot change the skin that I live in”

My name is Refilwe Pitso but am popularly known as ‘Fifi’. I was born and raised in Daveyton, Benoni in Johannesburg. I was born on the 27th of December 1991 and I was raised by my mother. She is a … Continue reading

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2014 July 4: Craddock Chronicles

by Christie van Zyl   It never takes long to see, feel or believe; but it always takes forever to act towards trying to heal our nation. I am in the middle of the Karoo desert, in a small town … Continue reading

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2014 June 13: The first young transwoman from Daveyton to win Miss Gay Jozi 2014

Short profile by Yaya Mavundla   According to Wikipedia, a beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that mainly focuses on the physical beauty of its contestants, although such contests also incorporate personality, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges’ questions as judged criteria. The … Continue reading

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2013 Jan. 5: ‘Just give me one round of sex, girls won’t satisfy you.’ – Perpetrator

by Lerato Dumse On the 1st January 2014 around 3pm, Sonto Mokoena (30) was sitting in Phiri section, Soweto with her cousins and friends she grew up with having celebrating New Year. They were having so much fun, and then … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 20: Deafened by my own ignorance

  by Maureen Velile Majola I got home at 6:00 as usual, and was excited to see the beautiful Sorita. I quickly said hello with no response.  But of course, Sorita is black deaf lesbian and she couldn’t hear a … Continue reading

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2013 July 31: Almost all about my first time abroad

… from Joburg, South Africa to Antwerp, Belgium by Kopano Sibeko This time last week as I recall I was anticipating Tuesday, 23rd July as that would be the day I collect my visa, as two days after that would … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Perception, Photography, South African Black Female Photographers, Visual history is a Right not a luxury, We Are You, Zanele Muholi | Tagged , | 6 Comments