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Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg

© Zanele Muholi. Image courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg.

Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg

Artist: Zanele Muholi (Born in Durban, Republic of South Africa, 1972)
Culture: South African
Date: 2007
Medium: Lambda print
Dimensions:
Image: 30 3/16 x 30 1/8 inches (76.7 x 76.5 cm)
Sheet: 34 x 34 inches (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Mat: 48 1/8 x 36 inches (122.2 x 91.4 cm)
State: 7
Edition: 8 + 2 AP
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Blake Byrne, T'57
Label Text:Zanele Muholi’s photographic work addresses issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTIA) community in Africa, specifically challenging the idea held by some that to be gender nonconforming is “un-African.” By compassionately depicting couples, Muholi hopes to show the error of this view. She creates photographs that illustrate the humanity and affection involved in LGBTIA relationships, breaking down the walls that have been built in an attempt to define homosexuality as abnormal. Muholi approaches her art as a daring activist. Though focused on the positive aspects of homosexual life in Africa, her work also silently acknowledges the harassment, hate crimes, and pain that many have had to live with as members of a stigmatized community. Her photographs address sexuality and women’s bodies through frank and beautiful compositions.
Provenance: Provenance: Purchased by donor from Stevenson in Johannesburg (2012). Stevenson obtained the work directly from the artist who provided a certificate of authenticity (2012).
Object number: 2012.14.1