South Africa legalized same-sex marriage with the passage of the Civil Union Act in 2006, and it was the first country to abolish discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution. That is small comfort to the South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people who continue to be victims of harassment and violence there.
Zanele Muholi began her ongoing “Faces and Phases” series, which forms the centerpiece of this show, titled “Isibonelo/Evidence,” the same year the bill was passed, collaborating with her sitters in acts of self-identification and defiance. In the grid of 60 black-and-white portraits that took over two walls of the show’s first gallery, the subjects gaze straight out at the photographer (and the viewer), claiming membership in a group that is gloriously varied. Muholi...Read more