Thursday, February 23, 2017

Their Eyes

The University Art Gallery currently features large portraits of LGBTI South Africans. Zanele Muholi's Faces and Phases is beautiful and moving. No matter where I stood, or where I sat, or where I walked, I felt eyes holding me in their gaze, those eyes showing pride and sadness and deep dignity and pain and truth. For a bit, I sat to leaf through her book of more than 250 portraits taken over a period of eight years, a creative endeavor of skill and love.

I came home, wanting to know more, and found much, including this.

At a time of extreme "othering" and hate, I honor survivors and those like this "visual activist" who remind us of our common humanity.

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