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Zanele Muholi's Queer South Africa On View At The Brooklyn Museum

Zanele Muholi's work documenting members of South Africa's LGBTI community is on view at the Brooklyn Museum beginning May 1st.

All images courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum


Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence is a forthcoming major exhibition of work by renowned South African artist, community organizer and LGBTQI activist Zanele Muholi. The multimedia show, which opens May 1st at the Brooklyn Museum, highlights Muholi's photography, video and installation projects created over the last eight years that center and affirm the lives of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals and communities in South Africa today.

As the largest museum exhibition of Muholi's output to date, Isibonelo/Evidence contains selections from her ongoing Faces and Phases portrait series, which she says began as a way of documenting "the histories and struggles that [black queers (especially lesbians)] face in South African society." The exhibition also features Being Scene, a video project focusing on the love, intimacy, and inner lives of Muholi's close-knit community. Rounding out the showcase is Muholi's joyful Weddings series, where she takes on the role of wedding photographer to document same-sex marriage ceremonies in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Click through the gallery above for a preview of Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence. For more images from Muholi's Faces and Phases series, revisit our previous coverage on her work here.

'Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence' is on view at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) May 1st through November 1st.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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