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Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi

Miss D'vine I, from the series, Miss D’vine (2007)

Courtesy of the Artist and Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

 

In this and other similar series’ of photographs, I give young black queens and drag artists a visual voice in the cultural landscape of post-apartheid South Africa. Born in Kae Mogogole in Pretoria, Miss D’vine adores Ru Paul, and wishes to perform abroad one day. She hangs around with her mentor, La Rochelle, and like-minded friends, in her Hillbrow flat. She is part of a drag queens’ and artists’ movement that aims to bend the political attitudes of a ‘less than’ democratic society. These photographs examine how gender-queer identities and bodies are shaped by – but also resist, through their very existence – dominant notions of what it means to be black and feminine. – Zanele Muholi

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Taken on May 29, 2009