Zanele Muholi: Bhatini?

black and white photograph of two women
Zanele Muholi, photographer
Event Date: 
October 1, 2015
Event Time: 
Michigan Theater
Event Tags: 
black and white photograph of two women

A photographer and self-proclaimed visual activist, Zanele Muholi explores black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex identities and politics in contemporary South Africa. For her series “Faces and Phases” (2006-11), Muholi created more than 200 portraits of South Africa’s lesbian community. The images challenge the stigma surrounding gays and lesbians in South Africa, debunk the common rhetoric that homosexuality is un-African, and address the preponderance of hate crimes against homosexuals in her native country. 

Bhatini is a Zulu expression meaning 'What are they saying?' in English which is the question that is ever asked when a black lesbian is 'curatively' raped and murdered. 

This lecture is part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, with cosponsorship from IRWG.