Occasional Art 6

Artist: Zanele Muholi
Photography Project Title: Being

Zanele Muholi

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“A prominent activist in empowerment organisations, Zanele Muholi is concerned with the intimate portrayal of the lives of black lesbian women in South Africa.”

Being is an exploration of both our existence and our resistance as lesbians/women loving women, as black women living our intersecting identities in a country that claims equality for all within the LGBTI community, and beyond.

The work is aimed at erasing the very stigmatisation of our sexualities as ‘unAfrican’, even as our very existence disrupts dominant (hetero)sexualities, patriarchies and oppressions that were not of our own making. Since slavery and colonialism, images of us African women have been used to reproduce heterosexuality and white patriarchy, and these systems of power have so organised our everyday lives that it is difficult to visualise ourselves as we actually are in our respective communities. ”

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