Category Archives: Understanding

2015 July 10: How it all started

by Sharon “Sicka” Mthunzi It all started with a ‘selfie’ captured using my cell phone. I remember I used to look in the mirror with a phone on my left hand, and take pictures of myself. Before the birth of … Continue reading

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2015 April 13: Javas approaches new Phase – Marriage

*** The life story was first published in Faces and Phases (2006-14) book***   People call me Javas. I was born in Soweto but now live in Thokoza. I was born in 1974 on 16 December. I have two brothers and … Continue reading

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2015 March 25: Photos from Faces and Phases book launch @ AGI – UCT

Where: African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town What:  Launched Faces and Phases book launch When:  24th Mar. 2015 Photos by Lindeka Qampi/ Inkanyiso (2015) See the portraits of each participants in the book as per captions below Part I … Continue reading

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2015 Feb. 13: From Johannesburg to Oslo

Photo Album by Nontuthuzelo Mduba, Themba Vilakazi and Zanele Muholi   2015 Feb. 10:  Shaz aka “Sicka Starban” Mthunzi was lucky enough to be accompanied by her family to the airport. Her mother is standing on the far left (wearing … Continue reading

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2015 Jan.15: Committed Union… 6 months later

by Vuyisile Shabalala Our journey as a committed couple planning our wedding has come into being. Being engaged to a person like Happy Mchunu makes it easy. She fulfils me and completes my entire existence. Compromises and understanding plays a huge … 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. 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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