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FACING OUT

JANE CZYZSELSKA TALKS TO CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER ZANELE MUHOLI ABOUT HER LARGEST AND MOST ACCLAIMED COLLECTION OF PORTRAITS

Zanele Muholi, Vredehoek Cape Town 2011

Faces And Phases 2006-14 looks like it’s been a long-term labour of love for the South African artist Zanele Muholi. The exhibition of selected portraits at the Photographer’s Gallery which launched the book (and builds on a previous edition of five years ago) in London was a moving testament to life and loss and the defiance of the queer people she has captured over the last eight years. A necessary and political creation, the book and the images are unsettling because we know that some of the women and trans men featured might now be dead. The uncertainty about which of the people in the images have suffered the horror of rape and/or death, or repeated abuse or rejection, give the work more power still. This is a legacy, a record of lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans lives that confronts culturally dominant imagery and storytelling.

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Singer-songwriter and Same Love vocalist Mary Lambert talks self-love, body positivity and mental health with DIVA this month. We also snagged an exclusive photo-shoot with her and you lucky digital readers can watch the behind the scenes film we made of it. Elsewhere in the issue is ANOTHER behind the scenes video of a very different photo-shoot. This one was a first for DIVA: dogs in designer-wear. It's our favourite fashion shoot to date and the photos and video must be seen to be believed! Also inside: Bisexuals on TV Changing attitudes to body hair Photo coverage of Pride in London and Black Pride DIVA editor Jane Czyzelska asks: What's really going on when the mainstream media deride minorities? O'Hooley & Tidow Trans 101 Hollywood stuntwoman Tiger Rudge Eco Ibiza What is Raw Fest? Charlotte Cooper South african photographer Zanele Muholi The brains behind Lily's Kitchen Lisa Gornick What happens to a lesbian friendship, when one transitions to live as a man? The Raising The Skirt art project Ladies of Llangollen Avignon Jay Bernard And the best in books, film, music, wellbeing, travel and TV
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