Visual activist, Zanele Muholi has curated a show featuring the Inkanyiso collective, a group of South African artists and photographers she founded in 2009 to create and disseminate artistic and educational materials about the country’s LGBTQI community, who face the constant threat of discrimination and violence. Thembela Dick, Lerato Dumse, Boitumelo Nkopane, Collen Mfazwe, Thembi Mthembu, Velisa Jara, Lebogang Mashifane, and Muholi herself are among the included artists. Throughout its run, the exhibition will also feature a slew of live performances and events, including a closing celebration on June 16 that aligns with both the NYC Pride week and South African Youth Day.
“Just documenting the existence of LGBTQI individuals can be a subversive act,” notes the exhibition description. “Once, burglars broke into Muholi’s house and stole the hard drives containing her work. More recently, and violently, a member of the collective was beaten as we organized this exhibition.”