Zanele Muholi Book Launch and Signing

Excerpt from Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends – November 2014



November 19, 6:30-8pm
The Walther Collection Project Space
526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, New York
RSVP essential:

In Faces and Phases: 2006-14, Zanele Muholi embarks on a journey of visual activism to ensure black queer and transgender visibility. Despite South Africa’s progressive constitution and twenty years of democracy, black lesbians and transgender men remain the targets of brutal hate crimes and so-called corrective rapes. Taken over the past eight years, the more than 250 portraits in this book present a compelling statement about the lives and struggles of these individuals. They also comprise an unprecedented and invaluable archive: marking, mapping, and preserving an often-invisible community for posterity.

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Germaine Krull 100 x Paris

Germaine Krull 100 x Paris. Look inside the book.

Photography Book

100 x Paris by Germaine Krull
Article by Florent Fels
Published by Verlag der Reihe, Berlin-Westend, 1929

Germaine Krull

Bisexual photographer Germaine Krull (1897-1985) was a political activist (communist) from 1918 – 1921. Wikipedia writes that she was “described as “an especially outspoken example” of a group of early 20th-century female photographers who “could lead lives free from convention”, she is best known for photographically-illustrated books such as her 1928 portfolio Métal.”
And we love her for her a portfolio of sensual and sexual encounters between women, which she made in Berlin, which she had made her home in 1922 and 1925 after being expelled from Russia. In 1926 she moved to Paris, where she by 1928 was considered one of the best photographers in Paris. Her photographic work consisted primarily of photojournalism. Alongside her work as a photojournalist she was a hotel owner. After retiring from the hotel business in 1966 she moved to Northern India and converted to the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. Her final major photographic project was the publication of her book, Tibetans in India (Bombay: Allied Publishers, 1968).

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Dorothée Smith: Entre (deux) fantômes

Entre (deux) fantômes by Dorothee Smith
Press photo courtecy of Dorothee Smith

Festival Jerk Off 2014 presents

Entre (deux) fantômes

Solo exhibition by Dorothée Smith
September 12 2014 – January 4 2015 at Pavillon Vendôme, Centre d’Art Contemporain in Clichy, France
Opening September 11 at 18:00 as part of the opening of Festival Jerk Off 2014.

Dorothee Smith is a young french artist visual artist and photographer. Her work – video installations and photographs presented in this exhibition can be seen as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, displacements, and transformations of identity. She has exhibited her art projects in France and around the world Finland, Denmark, Portugal, China, Cambodia … since 2008.

Festival Jerk Offfestival pluridisciplinaire des cultures queer & alternatives  is an alternative festival which wants to show the diversity of homosexual and queer cultures. It is a gathering of energies and collaborations between artists, associations and venues to facilitate collaborations and exchanges.

North American Tour – BUTCH: Not like the other girls

Press release by SD Holman

Press photo by SD Holman

Photo-based artist SD Holman’s acclaimed solo show BUTCH: Not like the other girls continues the Fall leg of its North American tour, with exhibition and book signing dates booked in San Francisco, Toronto and Wellesley College.

BUTCH is a photographic exploration of the liminal spaces occupied by female masculinity in contemporary queer communities. Holman delineates Butch as “an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, and sexuality are still defined.” The images honor the beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary, with subjects reflecting the many sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and styles of Butch. The transversal dialectic of female masculinity is celebrated here — unapologetic and undiluted.

BUTCH: Not like the other girls debuted as a public art project in transit shelters around Vancouver, Canada, in March 2013, with a simultaneous gallery show at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. According to Cultch administrators, the opening night – which attracted over 500 patrons – was the largest art opening in their 35 years of operation. The project went viral on the internet, leading to touring exhibitions across the continent. The exhibition catalogue was released by Shooting Gallery Publications in Spring 2014, and is available at bookstores in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A native of Los Angeles, artist SD Holman has exhibited internationally at galleries including the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), the San Francisco Public Library, The Helen Pitt International Gallery, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, and Fotobase Galleries (Vancouver). Holman defines as a non-commercial, photo-based  artist, a participant observer employing subjective conceptual documentary practice. Holman’s approach to photography is conflicted and perverse, bringing gesture, hazard, and a painterly sensibility into this most technical of media. Recipient of the 2014 YWCA Woman of Distinction Arts and Culture Award, and hailed by Guy Warrington as “the best portrait photographer in Vancouver,” Holman is also Artistic Director of The Queer Arts Festival, an artist-run, three-week, multidisciplinary arts festival in Vancouver, BC.

“Female masculinity is a particularly fruitful site of investigation because it has been vilified by heterosexist and feminist/womanist programs alike: unlike male femininity, which fulfills a kind of ritual function in male homosocial cultures, female masculinity is generally received by hetero and homo normative cultures as a pathological sign of misidentification and maladjustment, as a longing to be and to have a power that is always just out of reach.”
- Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity

Upcoming Tour Stops

San Francisco
Sep 18 – Nov 18: Austin Gallery, 799 Castro, San Francisco, CA
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thur Sep 18, 6-9pm (Folsom Weekend)
The opening party is free and open to the public; further showings are by appointment.

Wellesley College (Boston area)
Oct 2 – Oct 21: Jewitt Sculpture Gallery, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thur Oct 2 2014

Oct 30 – Jan 23: Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thur Oct 30 2014.