Sunday Francis Mdlankomo, Vosloorus, Johannesburg
On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Northeast (Herstory gallery), 4th floor
These portraits are from Zanele Muholi’s project Faces and Phases (2006–14), in which the artist documents the breadth of identities contained within the Black lesbian and transgender community in South Africa and its diaspora. Despite the legalization of gay marriage in South Africa in 2006 (the first African country to do so), hate crimes against the country’s Black LGBTQ community occur with devastating frequency, as is confirmed by the first-person testimonials Muholi collects when she photographs her subjects. An insistence on visibility poses risks of discrimination and violence, yet it is also a defiant assertion of self-possessed presence and resistance, a refusal to be silenced or shamed because of one’s identity.
Gelatin silver photograph
sheet: 33 7/8 × 23 7/8 in. (86 × 60.6 cm)
image: 29 15/16 × 19 15/16 in. (76 × 50.6 cm)
frame: 34 1/8 × 24 1/8 in. (86.7 × 61.3 cm) (show scale)
Edition: 1/8 + 2AP
Robert A. Levinson Fund
© Zanele Muholi
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Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972). Sunday Francis Mdlankomo, Vosloorus, Johannesburg, 2011. Gelatin silver photograph, sheet: 33 7/8 × 23 7/8 in. (86 × 60.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert A. Levinson Fund, 2012.72.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery, CUR.2012.72.1_Yancey_Richardson_Gallery_photograph.jpg)
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