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“I want to be counted in South African history. [This means] that I have to write that part of history.”

In her photographs, artist Zanele Muholi faces social injustice head on. Best known for her photographic series Faces and Phases, featuring black members of the LGBTI community, Muholi challenges stereotypes of black female sexual identity through what she calls “visual activism.” 

Join us on 3/12 at SFJAZZ to hear from Muholi in person→

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SFMOMA NEWS: This spring, SFMOMA and YBCA will collaborate to showcase contemporary art from South Africa in Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, bringing work by 25 contemporary artists to San Francisco. 

Opening on February 21, the exhibition features an arc of artists who look to the intimate encounters of daily life to imagine present and future possibilities in South Africa. Artists include David Goldblatt, Zanele Muholi, Santu Mofokeng, Athi-Patra Ruga, and William Kentridge. 

Read the full release→

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PREVIEW: Public Intimacy at YBCA

Disrupting expected images of South Africa, Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa explores the poetics and politics of the everyday. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change.  The opening party for Public Intimacy is TONIGHT, and Athi-Patra Ruga will perform The Elder of Azania tomorrow at YBCA, 6pm. See other events associated with Public Intimacy

Photographer Zanele Muholi’s series Faces and Phases gives a history to the black lesbians in her community. While each woman is pictured as an individual, the portraits are meant to be displayed together, celebrating the collective experience of the women. As Muholi says, “We are connected by photography.”

Join SFMOMA and artist Zanele Muholi for an artist talk at SFJAZZ on 3/12→

How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements?

With participants from Instagram, WIRED, Magnum Photos, The New York Times Magazine, and more, Bearing Witness on 3/16 will be a photography symposium you won’t want to miss.

RSVP on Facebook.

UPDATE: this event is currently at capacity, but it will be LIVE STREAMED here! Help us spread the word: #BearingWitness.

“Hate crimes have become a binding factor for the LGBTI communities. We come together to either give support, or to confirm that somebody has been killed. Then that person becomes a statistic… and what do we do about it? We have to document.” - Zanele Muholi

In photographing her community, artist Zanele Muholi is practicing “visual activism.” Hear about her practice one week from tonight at SFJAZZ→

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CLOSING: Public Intimacy at YBCA

Disrupting expected images of South Africa, Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa explores the poetics and politics of the everyday. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change.  The exhibition closes Sunday, June 29.

A little minimal melody, acrylic on wood. Inspired by a melody that always stuck in my mind. ❤️It’s last week to see my show (public ) intimacy @spoke_art . #publicintimacy (at Spoke Art)

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