Zimaseka "Zim" Salusalu, Gugulethu, Cape Town
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 print
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)
Robert A. Levinson Fund
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Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972). Zimaseka "Zim" Salusalu, Gugulethu, Cape Town, 2011. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 33 7/8 × 23 7/8 in. (86 × 60.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert A. Levinson Fund, 2012.72.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery, CUR.2012.72.2_Yancey_Richardson_Gallery_photograph.jpg)
Edition: 2/8 + 2AP
. Image courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery
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