Zanele Muholi’s photographs are deceptively radical. A recipient of the 2013 Carnegie Fine International Prize, she regards her work as a visual documentation of black women and LGBTI experience as a form of advocacy. The joy and vibrant affection Muholi captured at this year’s Soweto Pride festivities are a counterpoint to the violence and homophobia South Africa’s LGBTI community continues to face.
On the way home from the Sowete celebration, a group of performers was reportedly threatened by a mob of 20 to 30 people just as they were getting into a taxi. The attackers jumped onto the car and attempted to break the windows in order to reach the victims. The performers were eventually able to escape uninjured but the attack underscores the significance of Pride which, all too often, is taken for granted.
In addition to photographing friends and couples attending the festivities, Zanele Muholi also filmed a short video to document Soweto Pride’s march and celebration.
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture has officially opened in Washington, DC.