Zanele Muholi connects with the Bay Area's LGBTI community
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South African photographer Zanele Muholi is a self-described visual activist for the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, and Intersex) community of Johannesburg. During a visit to California in March 2014 she spoke with local LGBTI individuals about their experiences and the issues facing LGBTI people of color in South Africa. In San Francisco she met with the youth group LYRIC, as well as with students and teachers at Abraham Lincoln High School. In the East Bay she met with members of the Brown Boi Project and graduate students at Mills College. This audio documentary is both a record of those interactions and a reflection on what Muholi learned from her encounters with the Bay Area's LGBTI community.

Muholi was among twenty-five contemporary South African artists and collectives included in Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, a collaborative exhibition that was jointly presented by SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in spring 2014.

  • This audio documentary was produced by Jasmín López.

  • Total running time: 9 min. 4 sec.

  • Featured Artist: Zanele Muholi
  • SFMOMA Release Date: June 2014