Art and Activism
‘I STAND CORRECTED’: TRACING A SOUTH AFRICAN QUEER THEATRE
A new collaborative theatre work by Mojisola Adebayo and Mamela Nyamza, 'I STAND CORRECTED' (2013), based on a true story, has been making mouths flutter and headlines buzz as it makes its way around Johannesburg, Cape Town and England. The play recounts the events surrounding the marriage of a queer, cross-continental, interracial couple and details their fight for the right to love each other as equal citizens of our democracy.
'Gone @ 20 – the lucky ones are not yet born!'
Famous people die in their twenties. Many would remember the American Rhythm &Blues (R&B) singer, Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash. She was 22 at the time of her death. Controversial supermodel Gia died at the age of 26. Some still don’t believe that Tupac Shakur is dead. He was 25 when they gunned him down. The legendary Amy Winehouse died at 27. It is believed that she wanted to join the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other musicians who died at the same age. They are now immortal members of the infamous “Club 27”.
Volunteers at the acclaimed photographer’s museum have sold its darkroom equipment in a bid to keep it afloat. The 82-year old has been forced to rely on the contribution of unpaid volunteers, after the National Arts Council turned down his request for funding.
Tsegofatso, moderator and Jennifer-noxolo Musangi reading her poetry at the Lucky Bean, Mellville at the Wits Poetry Festival.
The Child that Died
by Jennifer-noxolo Musangi
September 2012. The UN Human Rights Office has released a new publication on sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law. It sets out the source and scope of some of the core legal obligations that States have to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 60-page booklet is designed as a tool for States, to help them better understand the nature of their obligations and the steps required to meet them, as well as for civil society activists, human rights defenders and others seeking to hold Governments to account for breaches of international human rights law.
26 September 2012 from 11h00-15h00. Iranti-Org, has been in collaboration with media activist, award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist, Spectra. She is the voice behind the afrofeminist media blog, Spectra Speaks (www.spectraspeaks.com), which publishes news, opinions, and personal stories about gender, media, and diversity in Africa and the Diaspora. If you are interested please write to Iranti-Org intern, Nqobile Zungu (email@example.com), who is putting this workshop together.
September 2012. In the past months of 2012 Iranti-Org has documented and covered the deaths of LGBTI persons in South Africa. The entire LGBTI community was deeply shocked and remain pained and traumatized by the heightened and targeted attacks on our communities. However, we will not be silent and we will not retire to the closets of victimhood.
South Africa in one of the most violent countries in the world, the recent murders of the 44 mineworkers at Marikana, the ongoing rapes and murders of women and the 12 murders of LGBTI persons over the past three months point to a country that is in deep crisis. The State is in violation of the constitution by not protecting its citizens.
Trauma is political and we will not pathologize our pain. Rather, we use all avenues to express our frustration and anger. Ero(rrism) was born from this anger. In a private space, a group of friends, feminists, queer and transgender activists expressed our anger and outrage. We decided to take our private outrage and make it public. This art project was born from the platform of our trauma. We will remain, sex-positive and assertive that we have the right to exist.
August and November 2012. Gender and the Visual Arts Workshop ~ ReFiguring Women website. Iranti-Org in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and the Johannesburg Art Gallery will host the 2nd gender and visual arts workshop. The theme for this coming workshops is titled, “Refiguring Women”. The word ‘figure’ unfolds multiple meanings – as a verb, to appear, be mentioned, be a symbol of, imagine, pattern, calculate, understand, determine, consider – all remultiplied by the word’s hospitality to prefixes.
Carolyn Hamilton, Verne Harris, and Graeme Reid, Refiguring Archive, 2002
15 August 2012. The expansive definition of the subversive has reached beyond certain hetero-feminist definitions and has had to include other practices of subversion such as defined by Munoz as “Disidentifications”. These disidentifications expand beyond the traditional definitions of man and woman, male and female, but rather to disassociate from the labels. This disassociation affords all artists the space to exist within this art system, in order to challenge and critique these gender constructs. In fact more spaces ought to be created for what ordinarily could be understood as “lower ranked, frivolous” arts practices, to continue challenging traditional notions of what art is. Visual artists thus play an important role in bringing such issues to the fore. Their continued critique of gender binaries effectively draws on issues of inequalities and power constructions. This scope therefore allows for space to discuss issues of identities such as race, sex, geo-politics, culture, sexuality and class through the medium of the visual arts.
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Training young LGBTI activists with Spectra Speaks. Read more.