Faces and Phases




The Faces and Phases series of black and white portraits by Zanele Muholi focuses on the commemoration and celebration of black lesbians' lives. In Faces, she uses the aesthetics through portraiture – historically, portraits serve as records for lovers – to celebrate friends and acquaintances who hold different positions and play many different roles within black queer communities. Phases, on the other hand, articulates the collective pain felt at the loss of friends and acquaintances to disease and hate crimes. From her position, both as a photographer and a member of the gay community in South Africa, Muholi has thus managed to create a great visual document depicting women of various ages and backgrounds; a powerful statement about the similarities and diversity that exist within the human race.