2019 Aug. 16: Imini engasoze ilibaleke

by Siba Nkumbi

Mfundi ndizakucela undiphe indlebe ukuze nam ndikwazi ukuza nazo ezindaba. Mamela

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Lo umhla ngumhla esingakuze sikwazi uwulibala, ewe kaloku kuzalwa ingonyama emnyama genkani engaxolisiyo ngokuba nguye kuba kaloku amanyange amchonga ezihlele athi wena unguMuholi kwaye uzabahola endleleni.Ukuba lombhalo ungentla akakuniki ufifi lokuba ndithetha nagabani, ndinike ithuba wena ndikubhentsisele njengo vela bembhentsele noko ndakuza nembhalelwano ethe xhaxhe. Mandinabe, kunjalo nje nditshone egusheni.

Usingaye nguye kaloku umntu wakwa Muholi u Zanele igama ngokwesilungu ke siyakumbiza ngo Prof Sir Zanele Muholi. Ewe mani ndivumele ndithi ndingomye wababaliweyo ngokubhala ngalomphefumlo ungene ebomini babantu wabatshintsha wabakhulisa ebabonisa izakhono abanayo bengakwazi ukuzibona bona, hayi umntu uchongiwe kwaye indlela yakhe nobizo lwakhe lucace gca okwekati emnyama ehlungwini. Kwewu, amade ngawetyala. Ndivumeleni ndigxabhagxabhise okwamakhwenkwe asengqushwa enqumla ihagu ndingene endimeni, nam ndingazubamde! Mandikunike umfanekiso ngqondweni ukuze nawe ukwazi ukuhamba nam kulembhalelwano ivusisa izinkncwe!

Ngeminyaka emithile ezadlulayo namhlanje umfo omkhulu uzelwe, thina bamaziyo sizinkuku ezisikwe imilomo kodwa ke sivumele sichwayite xa kuzalwa lengqawa engumzekelo ekuhlaleni ndikunqonqozisise nditsho ndithi nawe uzakhuthi kwisizukulwana sesizukulwana

 

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sesiyukulwanakazi sakho uthi nawe ubuzinxalenye yalembali eyenziwe leliqhawe ukuze elam nelakho ilizwi livakale kuthi thina bazinxalenye yombutho we LGBTIQ+ amazwi ethu athe avakala kwaye asezakuvakala apha emndintsini wesizwe sakhowethu. Nditsho ke ngalamazwi ndisithi Bayethe mnumzana, ubukho bakho sebuqwalaselwe kwaye buseza kuqwalaselwa kulomhlaba, lugqatso olu ulifezileyo kwaye ulufeze usaphila. Ngoko ke sithi umbulelo ongazenzisiyo ngobukho bakho siwunika wena Tata. Nekuku zakho zokuzalwa yizakuvumela, ngoko ke nam ndivumele nditshambaze ndibonise umfundi abenomfanekiso ngqondweni ngalomntu sizingca ngaye namhlanje.

Ndiyawbe ndixoxa imbhudede xa ndiphindaphinda uchulumanco endilalo kwaye endiqonda nawe mfundi unalo ngokuba lingqina ebomi balomnumzanga. Ndingawatsalanga ndithi mandithabathe elithuba wena Muholi osiholayo ndisithi khula Tata ukhokhobe, kuwe sifunde kwaye sisafunda lukhulu. Ndivumele ndithi siyakubulela ngomonde, ukundiliseka, uthando, uxolo nethemba kungenjalonje nesiphiwo esinguwe ebomini bethu. Ngalomazwi sithi imini yakho uyonwabele. Qhawe lamaqhawe, wena uvela umelwe ngumhlaba angagungqi xa uzalwa kuba usisilo ngokwakho, inkunzi edlezinye, umagrazula. Kwewu ndawthetha kude kubuye amanina emendweni, mandihle nomcinga ndisithi Aaah Mhlekazi! Makwande.

Previous posts by Siba Nkumbi

https://inkanyiso.org/2018/01/15/2018-jan-15-pink-money-in-switzerland/

https://inkanyiso.org/2015/03/09/2015-march-5-a-simple-universal-healing-for-lifes-miseries/

https://inkanyiso.org/2017/03/10/dreams-do-come-true/

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2019 Aug. 14: Our Black Lion

Greatness is not bought or shared
You are born with it, it’s your God given gift while in your mother’s womb
Greatness is not made or sowed
It is your rightful inheritance from your ancestors that no one can ever take away

You stand head and shoulders above the rest, yet you remain humble and in touch with the soil that groomed you
You stand tall like a lighthouse, your light shining far and wide, blessing everyone that it illuminates

Your artistry can never be emulated, you are a picture perfect of firsts that will never have a last. You can only be imitated, never replicated

Like a lion only a few can compete with you, the only lion whose roars are heard from across the vast oceans, the only lion to climb mountains only dared to by others

Only you dared to prance where others feared; and conquered. The head of the herd, the leader of the pack

Our very own black lion,
Somnyama Ngonyama

Mantsha Khuzwayo is a Durban based emerging writer. A series of unfortunate events led to this new found passion. She is shy yet a great conversationalist, with a great sense of humour and a zest for life. She has written 2 books (self-published) a novel “Chronicles of a Single Lesbian” and a poetry book “The Different Faces of My Life: My Anthology”.

To further hone, master and mould her writing skills she accepted the title of Editor for the online magazine UniqMagazineSA. The magazine had awarded her a recognition for great impact in the LGBTIQ+ community award in 2017. An award she holds close to her heart as it’s her first from the community and for her writing.

In April of 2019 she was invited to the European Lesbian* Conference, held in Kiev, Ukraine. She was part of the creatives’ panel where she got to share her experiences as a lesbian writer in South Africa. She has performed and have been in invited to various stages in South Africa. When she describes her writing to people she says she is a writer that writes for people to relate, for people to find solace, she writes for people to know they are not alone and she writes for life.

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Muholi Shareout

Photo album by Faizal Westcott

Venue: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Living Room)

Location: Boston, MA, USA

Date: June 11 2019

As part of their Artist-In-Residency at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Prof Muholi facilitated a Shareout and Q&A with community members, most of them members of a youth art program.

Previous posts:

https://inkanyiso.org/2016/02/27/muholi-talks-self-representation-at-gallatin-school-of-individualized-study/

https://inkanyiso.org/2016/01/27/2016-jan-22-lyle-ashton-harris-talk-at-nirox-arts/

https://inkanyiso.org/2014/11/18/2014-nov-17-moma-talk-photos-of-the-night/

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2019 Aug. 12: Building towards my career

by Andile Phewa

Andile Phewa is a name that I believe now melts immediately into the world of Photography. This is  a medium that helps me open a window into my thoughts and concepts for the world to see. It is what I do for a living. It’s taken a lot to get here – pursuing a creative career is no easy feat. Growing up in Durban, where the creative space is quite limited in opportunity, would also prove that difficulty even more.

Most of my family, like my cousins, studied Finance and Engineering, so naturally, it was very difficult for my family to understand why I wanted to be a photographer. I studied Information Technology at the Durban University of Technology, and following that I moved to Johannesburg in pursuit of more freedom, working at ABSA Service Center. Six months later, I realised it wasn’t for me, and decided to tap into the world I’ve always been interested in. I wanted to do something creative, and luckily, I was in Johannesburg – the ultimate creative hub.

When I decided to stop working, I went to study Adobe After Effects at AAA School of Advertising. I completed the course and needed to do more. This struck a conversation on photography that would lead to what I know of my career today.

Prof. Zanele Muholi, to whom I’m related, and I have been in consistent contact since I started studying photography. We’ve shared an amazing bond together through ideas, laughter and good memories. A conversation between us  found her mentioning that I should go study at the Market Photo Workshop, School of Photography, and it happened.

She subsequently paid for my school tuition and equipment during my time at the Market Photo Workshop, and it was fulfilling to see how much she realised my potential in the photography space. To have gone to the lengths she did to help me become a better equipped photographer in my student days is something I’ll always hold close to my heart and career.

When I was doing my last course at the Market Photo, I’d started shooting commercial work, and Prof. Muholi asked me to start paying for my own tuition. At first I didn’t get why she did this, but I later realised that this was an attempt at making me responsible. It was time for me to grow as an individual, and as an artist.

I then moved to Cape Town, where I started shooting more commercial work for fashion houses. I was under a photographic agency but wasn’t happy. I went back to my sounding board , Prof. Muholi, for guidance. “You are already there, Andile. You don’t need the validation of an agency.“ Moved by her words, it was the perfect way to seal what was already the inkling to go out and be the photographer I wanted to be, completely on my own.

I left the agency and fully began my career as a freelancer. Prof. Muholi has been there, continuing to cultivate my career with me as she had been the years before this, and I’ve decided to delve into the world of directing short fashion films as my new venture. I’ve been through various journeys, and finally starting to build towards the career I’d always wanted all those years ago, growing up in Durban.

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2019 August 10: A thrilling weekend for PE Faces

By Mpimo Ngoveni

We all couldn’t contain our excitement as the countdown to Faces and Phases 13 exhibition began, reality kicked in the moment we finally hit the road en route to Johannesburg where the exhibition was set to take place at the Stevenson Art Gallery on Saturday the 20th of July. The entire journey was exhilarating as we chanted and danced all the way to the city of Gold, and we formed solid bonds in a split second like we’ve known each other for ages.

Upon arrival at the Reef Hotel in Johannesburg, we were received by Terra Dick, a Faces and Phases participant and a colleague of Prof Zanele Muholi who is a prominent visual activist and the founder of Faces and Phases. Prof had just celebrated their birthday on the 19thof July, the day prior to the exhibition and thought they would celebrate it in style by hosting a joint celebratory event for their birthday and Faces and Phases 13.

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The event saw multitudes of LGBTQI+ and straight people from various parts of the country coming in to commemorate a legend. Not only for this sole purpose but also having the LGBTQI+ community coming together in unity, establishing new genuine relationships, sharing life experiences and allowing every member of the community an opportunity to be in a space where they are surrounded by their own kind.

Saturday the 20th was the big day and people came in their numbers. The Stevenson Gallery was packed to capacity full of gorgeous and charismatic faces from different walks of life, among others were public figures such as TKay Kaula, an actor, Sizakele Phohleli also known as her-mentality, an author, Buhle from the soil and Yaya Mavundla, a trans activist.

To begin with, we were graced with performances by very talented young black performers in the form of drama, poetry and singing while others would indulge and feast their eyes on the beauty of the exceptional artwork on display in the gallery, portraits of black heroic South Africa lesbians aimed at creating a visual history of black lesbian lives.

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Thereafter, Prof Muholi gave a very profound speech encouraging everyone to work hard to establish themselves and also aim for greater heights, not only to take pride in their queerness but also be active members of the society bringing about positive change in their lives and the lives of those around them. The speech was very packed and insightful and there’s a lot you could take away from it.

Furthermore, Muholi went on to acknowledged all those who made it possible for Faces and Phases to be a reality today, the participants, and the team who worked tirelessly to ensure that the event is a success, also recognizing all those who stood by them during their dark days and those who contributed towards their establishment.

To sum it up, it was an experience of a lifetime, we made memories and shared moments that could never be traded for anything in the world.

Mpimo Ngoveni Bio (22)

Mpimo Kalman Ngoveni was born on the 6thof July 1997 at Khensani hospital in Giyani Limpopo and is the fourth and last child of Dora Ntebane and Joseph Ngoveni. Ngoveni spent most of her childhood days in Giyani where she began her foundation phase education at Vurhonga primary school and then went on to commence her high schooling in Pretoria at Tshwane Secondary school but later on Matriculated at Giyani High school with recognition of outstanding achievement in Life sciences and Mathematics.

Ngoveni then enrolled at Nelson Mandela University, formerly known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. In her spare time, Ngoveni volunteers to help grade 12 learners around Eastern Cape to apply for university admission, funding and also help them with their course work in cooperation with NGOs such as Sakhikamva and Vision4Women to name a few. She also works part-time as a tutor specializing in subjects like Mathematics, Life sciences and Physical sciences. In 2016, Ngoveni worked for a tech company called Code4CT as a facilitator, teaching grade 10 girls in Cape town how to code using programming languages such as HTML and CSS.

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https://inkanyiso.org/2016/10/15/2016-oct-15-a-decade-of-faces-and-phases/

https://inkanyiso.org/2016/05/09/2016-april-27-reuniting-with-faces-and-phases-on-freedom-day/

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2019 August 10: The dawn of a new era for Terra Dick

Text By Lindiwe Dhlamini

Photos by Andile Phewa

 

The 9thof August is one of the most important days in history; a day to commemorate women, the day is often filled with festivities and events in honor of the women who have fought for our liberation and those who continue to fight. On this day in 2019 Thembela “Terra” Dick was one of the people who made the day worth honoring with the opening of their first solo exhibition titled; THEMBELA. The show is produced by Muholi Productions and curated by Bajabulile Dhlamini in collaboration with ORMS Creative Space. The opening of THEMBELA was an honor of the fallen, a celebration of those who are still alive and a personal story of Terra Dick. A story only images can tell better than words and the images on show are telling that story better than any words could. For those who missed the opening, the show is opened until the 29 August 2019 at 56 Roeland Street,Cape Town.

 

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Terra is a filmmaker and photographer who has been working tirelessly to find creative ways of telling their life story. Using various themes for this show; Pride, LossProtest and Self with an addition of Abstract where the journey begins with images that make you question the motive yet interest you to follow through with the story. As an artist; Terra has been through a lot of difficulties which were further exaggerated by their sexuality as a Black lesbian growing up in South Africa. When Terra was 16 years old, they were kicked out of home for being a lesbian forcing them to drop out of school at grade 11 to find ways to navigate and survive the world. Through hard work and dedication Terra has since went back to school and acquired multiple qualifications in filmmaking and photography. This was through the inspiration of Jo Menell and Richard Mills who were the first people who taught Terra how to use a camera while working to complete her late sister’s documentary as a young woman living with HIV/AIDS.

Terra eventually found the courage and a way to tell their own story using images and with the help of Professor/Sir Zanele Muholi who has been mentoring Terra’s photographical journey for over a decade now. The exhibition opening was a success despite a few glitches in the planning and execution of the show which is to be expected in a show that was planned in two weeks but, it turned out successfully. The hard work put in by the curator, Sancia Cilliers; a Print Consultant at ORMS and Terra Dick alongside others turned out wonderfully. There were some images printed on banners and two of the three banners have since been stolen as they were used as outside displays for the show.

The layout inside the gallery has since been moved around since the opening to ensure the coherence of the story when Terra is doing walkabouts. There have been more than 6 walkabouts done thus far and these include students, artists, general citizens and photography lecturers from University of Cape Town, ORMS School of Photography, Varsity College, College of Cape Town and so forth. Most of these lecturers have asked to bring their students to see the show. This has been an amazing response to Terra’s work which proves that your story is yours to tell because you tell it best. Social media and word of mouth have been the most powerful ways the show gained traction from outsiders and this has given Terra the opportunity to share their work with more people.

The positive comments from those who attended the opening were a further indication of the power and healing to anyone who engaged with Terra’s work. Brave became the word used by most which was exactly how this body of work confronts the viewers eye. Powerful, honest, bare, strong, healing, inspirational and brilliant were some of the words used by the attendees at the opening. Personally, I think the work is the beginning of a new era for Terra who has broken boundaries to be where they are today as a lesbian identifying artist in a field dominated by heterosexual men. Terra has and continues to teach us that where you come from does not matter it is where you are going that matters and for Terra higher and higher is where their journey goes.

 

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Muholi and Qampi collaborate on Limise exhibition.

Frankfurt/Main, GermanySakhile&Me Gallery presents “Limise” – a selection of photographs by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi and photographer Lindeka Qampi. The exhibition pays homage to the 63rd anniversary of the iconic 1956 Women’s March during Apartheid South Africa and will run from August 8 until September 7, 2019. The exhibition is guest-curated by compatriot Lerato Dumse who has collaborated with the duo since 2013.

“Limise” shows a series of iconic high-contrasted black-and-white self-portrait photographs by Prof. Zanele Muholi from the award winning “Somnyama Ngonyama” series and color self- portrait photographs by fellow long-time activist and ally Lindeka Qampi. The duo-exhibition comes at a crucial moment in both their careers as 2019 marks South Africa’s 25th year of independence and the show highlights their long-standing contributions as human rights advocates and dedicated members of South Africa’s photography community.

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MuMu, London, 2019 © Zanele Muholi 

“Limise“ is an isiXhosa word, meaning “to build”. The two photographers’ work side-by-side in “Limise” culminates in a timely and intimate appreciation of their contributions for more than a decade to the history of South Africa’s photography and contemporary art. In her body of work, Muholi tackles issues of race and gender specifically: “My aim is to produce 365 self-portraits to represent each day of the year because I live as a black person 365 days in a year”. Qampi’s series touches on the universal topic of sexual violence. She too approaches the topic from an insider’s perspective, exposing, confronting, and rising above traumatic personal experiences from her childhood. She employs metaphorical re-enactments to raise awareness while administering healing for herself. In “Limise”, both photographers speak to and remember their relationships with their mothers, their community work, and the power of telling stories through photography.

Since 2002, Prof. Muholi has been best known for advocacy work supporting the rights of LGBTQI communities in South Africa, training a younger generation of photographers and building an archive of testimonials for and with the LGBTQI community, using photography as a tool to document and tell their stories. As part of the “Somnyama Ngonyama” series, Muholi denounces social injustice and racism.

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Blanket Worms © Lindeka Qampi

Qampi started doing photography in 2006 at Iliso Labantu (“the eye of the people”), aphotographers collective, spending the first decade of her photography career focusing ondaily township life. Lindeka Qampi’s photography also developed from her human rights work, especially focusing on anti-xenophobia, anti-sexism, and anti-homophobia. Qampi develops a series of color self-portraits that collectively tell an interconnected narrative. In “Limise”, both Muholi and Qampi develop on their past work taking portraits of friends and close associates and turn to face the lens.

Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi (South Africa). In 2002, Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW). In 2009, Muholi was awarded their Master of Fine Arts degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and founded the INKANYISO collective in the same year. Muholi has exhibited at institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. Muholi’s work is currently on display at the Central Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, with the traveling exhibition “Somnyama Ngonyama” recently opening at the Seattle Art Museum in July 2019. Muholi is also an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts/Hochschule der Künste Bremen and has won numerous awards, including Book of the Year for “Somnyama Ngonyama” during the prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Awards (2019), Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from French Embassy (2017), and the Prince Claus Foundation Laureate (2013). Muholi was also shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2015).

Lindeka Qampi was born in 1969 in Bolotwa (South Africa) and her work is part of collections in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the University of Cape Town. Her awards include the Mbokodo Award (2015) in the category “Creative Photographer” and the Brave Award (2016) with Muholi, acknowledging their outreach work.

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