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Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg

Zanele Muholi2007

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Durham, United States

Zanele Muholi’s photographic work addresses issues related to the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual/allied) community in Africa, specifically challenging the idea that to be gender nonconforming is “un-African.” By compassionately depicting couples, Muholi hopes to show the error of this view. They create photographs that illustrate the humanity and affection involved in LGBTQIA+ relationships, breaking down walls that have been built in an attempt to define same-sex or non-heteronormative relationships as abnormal. Muholi approaches their art as an activist. Though focused on the positive aspects of gay and queer life in Africa, their work also silently acknowledges the harassment, hate crimes, and pain that many have had to live with as members of a stigmatized community.

Details

  • Title: Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg
  • Creator: Zanele Muholi
  • Creator Birth Place: Durban, Republic of South Africa
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 3/16 x 30 1/8 inches (76.7 x 76.5 cm)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Zanele Muholi
  • Medium: Lambda print, edition 7/8
  • Art Form: Photography
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Blake Byrne. Image courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg.

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