Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday - Gender Related issues- Faces and Phases a book by Zanele Muholi

Today marks yet another highlight to Sakhisizwe as we had an interesting interview with Zanele Muholi.
Zanele Muholi is a photographer and visual activist who affirms and celebrates the multiplicity of human identity and sexuality. Representing the black female body in an honest and compelling way, her intimate portrayal of love reveals beauty and tenderness, and asserts the joy of close relationship with radical and liberating energy.

Zanele has played a significant role in creating awareness on the rights of the LGBTI community in this new democracy , she specifically focuses on the black lesbian in South Africa as they are the people who inspire her to continue doing her amazing works. Now today's interview also focused on the book launch of  a long awaited book called Faces and Phases. Faces and Phases portraits were created between 2013 and 2014 and form part of an expanding archive of lesbian , gay , bisexual, and transgender(LGBT) community in South Africa. Zanele's integrity and affinity with those she photographs establishes deep trust and creates dignified visual statements.  

Zanele continued to explain that the compilation of  this book has been a journey that's still continuing as long as black lesbians in South Africa  are being victims of brutality and hate crime. She adds that in 2006 she was inspired by a young black lesbian women and each year young lesbians are murdered  and those are the stories she documents.

For more information visit her blog and find more of her work.

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