In South Africa, approximately 500,000 rapes, murders and beatings are committed against women every year.1 Many of these are carried out against black lesbian women, including hate crimes and practices of ‘corrective rape’.2 Zanele Muholi is a South African visual activist and creator of Inkanyiso, an activist platform that exposes the realities of black LGBTI individuals in South Africa. This month, she’s in New York as part of Brooklyn Museum’s Isibonelo/Evidence show, travelling with three… [read more »]
In their techno-apocalyptic new video, Nguzunguzu foreshadow the ominous fate of our world with destructively danceable fervor. Recontextualizing a filmic landscape in which the last surviving element of entertainment is destruction itself, “Mecha” is as timely as it is prophetic. Directed by Jude MC, the work repurposes myriad images of contemporary sci-fi and action films and synchronizes them with spine-chilling accents of alien percussion. The enduring, doomsday-like aura of the video evokes a social commentary that speaks to the heart of our culture: in the wake of technological advancement, we destroy. And out of the debris, we repurpose.