Zanele Muholi

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Zanele Muholi is a photographer currently working in South Africa. Here is an excerpt from her artist statement for her most recent project, Faces & Phases:

“In each township there are lesbians living openly regardless of the stigma and homophobia attached to their lesbian identity, both butch and femme. Most of the time being lesbian is seen as negative, as destroying the nuclear heterosexual family; for many black lesbians, the stigma of queer identity arises from the fact that homosexuality is seen as un-African. Expectations are that African women must have children and procreate with a male partner, the head of the family. That is part of the ‘African tradition’.
…From an insider’s perspective, this project is meant as a commemoration and a celebration of the lives of black lesbians that I met in my journeys through the townships. Lives and narratives are told with both pain and joy, as some of these women were going through hardships in their lives. Their stories caused me sleepless nights as I did not know how to deal with the urgent needs I was told about. Many of them had been violated; I did not want the camera to be a further violation; rather, I wanted to establish relationships with them based on our mutual understanding of what it means to be female, lesbian and black in South Africa today. I call this method the birth of visual activism: I decided to use it to mark our resistance and existence as black lesbians in our country, because it is important to put a face on each and every issue.”

Colin Self

As a feminine force, Colin Self creates powerful performance dialects for trans-cultural bodies, teaching new techniques for owning sexuality, gender, and identity. He shifts cultural hierarchies and portrays new futures for humanity with an explicit language of style. By celebrating global culture, he works through visceral and viral relations, and shares emotive and physical extremes with his audience. Colin investigates the Diva identity in Popular America and the dramatic anxiety that carries through both the power and the perils. Through reifying new concepts of beauty, bravery, and vigor, Colin expands the spectrum for possible future leaders and culture keepers. (Description from PussyFaggot.net)

Saint Harridan – New Clothing Line for Women and Transmen

Saint Harridan Model

Focused on formal wear and suits specifically designed to fit the bodies of women and transmen, Saint Harridan will launch its kickstarter on November 23rd. Support their efforts and spread the word!

They are also looking for models, so if you’re interested or know someone who might be, check out the model recruitment information.

You can also visit the Saint Harridan Website for more information.