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“Critically Queer” celebrates sexuality, gender identity in Africa


Johannesburg, 10-17 September 2013. Critically Queer is an exhibition coordinated by Iranti, a Lesbian, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming human rights and visual media organization.


This exhibition challenges and explores through visual arts and documentary forms, ways in which sexuality and gender don't conform to traditional norms, and the abuse faced by those non-conforming.


This exhibition forms part of a larger festival at the University of Johannesburg called, THATSOGAY.


Critically queer, invites you to come observe and interpret various forms of queerness, and to bring into question our present state of sexual and gender expressions.


“This exhibition is a conscious journey by artists and activists who understand and experience the daily struggles of not conforming to oppressive sexist and homophobic systems. It is in the various forms of visual media that we can bring new constructions related to our gender identity, our sexuality, our bodies, the boundaries that are enforced and the daily violations faced as we navigate space and time,” says Jabu Pereira, the executive director of Iranti and curator of the exhibition.


Jabu Chen Pereira photo of Neo Musangi

Portrait of Neo Musangi, photo by Jabu Pereira


Kelobogile Ntladi's Split-Halves

Split-Halves by Kelebogile Ntladi, photographer


Critically Queer is a group exhibition, with these participating artists: Neo Musangi, Kelebogile Ntladi, Dean Hutton, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Selogadi Mampane and Tyna Adebowale. These works are representations of issues faced in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, and are relevant to many other countries within our continent.





The opening exhibition will be held on the 10 September 2013 at the University of Johannesburg, FADA (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture), Bunting Road campus, from 18:00 to 22:00.



There is also a walkabout of the exhibition on Saturday 14 September at 10h30.



The exhibition runs until the 17 September.


For more info

Jabu 082 957 5349


video article

November 2013

Johannesburg. Critically Queer is a provoking exhibition on so many levels. The gallery space has been a space that queers controversially inhabit. There is a tension between the space and the queer intention. Our lives as exhibited are staged and appear on a stage. (Zethu Matebeni)


Critically Queer exhibition, podcast report by Jabu Perreira

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