Signed, on reverse, upper left, in graphite: Sabelo Mlangeni; numbered, lower left, on reverse, in graphite: 6/50; Embossed, lower right: [i-jusi symbol]
Three figures are captured in a moment of joy and flirtatious intimacy against a plain brick background. Sabelo Mlangeni documents everyday queer African life. Umakhosi Gadisa is from his Country Girls series, captures the glamour and perseverance of queer and trans people in the South African countryside. Many queer people in the countryside work as Zulu healers called sangomas. The title, uMakhosi Gadisa, refers to the ancestral wives of sangomas, who are often the same gender as the healers. Mlangeni’s evocation of a Zulu concept to represent three gay men in a warm embrace is part of his desire to represent queer African experiences that are often erased and deemed as “unAfrican.”
From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate
WGSS 10.01, Sex, Gender and Society, Douglas Moody, Winter 2021
HIST 66/AAAS 15, History of Africa Since 1800, Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Winter 2021
THEA 10.64/AAAS 54.05/WGSS 66.15, Feminist and Queer Africa on Stage and Screen, Laura Edmondson, Winter 2022
Theater 10.64, African and African-American Studies 54.05, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 66.15, Feminist and Queer Africa, Laura Edmondson, Spring 2023
Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.
Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, New York, New York; lent to present collection, 2013; given to present collection, 2018.
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