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Self-identifying as a “visual activist,” Zanele Muholi ( muholizanele) makes searing photographic portraits and self-portraits that give form to her advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community in her native South Africa. Her black and white images, celebrating the individuality of each of her subjects, is in direct response to the radical disconnect in post-apartheid South Africa between the equality promised by its 1996 Constitution and the often violent bigotry toward members of the LGBTI community. Even though South Africa made same-sex marriage legal in 2006, violence against queer women is still frequent. Muholi’s “Faces and Phases” (2006-) celebrates Black lesbians in an ongoing series of photographic portraits that, by now, number more than three hundred. View Muholi’s work at the Guggenheim in the second part of “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” on view July 4.
Image: “Zimaseka ‘Zim’ Salusalu, Gugulethu, Cape Town” (2011)
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