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Monday, 05 May 2014 15:12

Dak'Art 2014: 'Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness'

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Dakart 2014



An exhibition on homosexuality in Africa will take place in a few days in Senegal.

“The show will cause controversy, but we will not censor ourselves,” says the independent curator Ato Malinda.

Every two years the Dak' Art, an exhibition on the African contemporary art, takes place. This year, the event will be open with an exhibition on “Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness” focused on homosexuality by Kader Attia, Andrew Esiebo, Zanele Muholi, Amanda Kerdahi M. and Jim Chuchu.

Malinda said that the goal here is "to shed light on a persecuted African minority and to examine the African media’s often denigrating coverage of same-sex-couples," as reports The Art Newspaper.

It should be known that, like in more and more African countries, homosexuality is illegal in Senegal.

So through this exhibition you will be able to discover photos of Zanele Muholi with her series called “Faces and Phases” on lesbian and transgender women.

“In a lot of these images the women are recognisable; they might be our daughters or the girl next door,” Malinda says. “It is important that people see these women in this light.”

Amanda Kerdahi M, as for her, will present a media work focused on African women. The artist wanted here to show women from Cairo. One will be able to discover them through interviews in which they talk about their sexuality without taboo but in anonymity by security.

Andrew Esiebo, a Nigerian photographer, concentrated his work on the political aspect and in particular on the anti-gay laws recently adopted.

Jim Chuchu, a Kenyan, will present a series of 3 works entitled “Pagan” which explores the idea that homophobia was a concept introduced by missionaries and colonials.

Lastly, the Algerian and French artist Kader Attia decided to show a video "Collage" which he made in 2011 on transgenders from Algiers to Mumbai, from Africa to India.

“The time is ripe to talk about homosexuality in Africa,” Malinda says. “In some countries like Uganda the change is happening for the worse, but in some, like Kenya, it is changing for the better.”

This exhibition is open from May 7 to July 18.

Photo credit: Creativeafricanetwork



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