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Speaking of the ‘Love and Joys of LGBTI Individuals’: Preview Art21’s Johannesburg Episode, Featuring Zanele Muholi

Production still from the “Johannesburg” episode of Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 9.

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Through September, ARTnews is previewing one-minute clips from the ninth season of Art21’s show Art in the Twenty-First Century, which travels from the Bay Area to Johannesburg to Berlin.

The acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi is the subject of this week’s preview of Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series, which comes from an episode that focuses on Johannesburg. This episode chronicles Muholi’s ongoing work “Faces and Phases,” through which she documents South Africa’s LGBTI community. “I am a member of the community,” she says. “We hardly find images that speaks of love and joys of LGBTI individuals. So then it becomes the issue of ownership. I told myself that I would do better than any other outsider to project our lives.”


Season 9 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” premieres September 21 at 9 p.m. on PBS with the episode “Johannesburg.”

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