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Difficult Love | Zanele Muholi

Saturday 10 Nov 8:00PM
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Film and panel discussion

Difficult Love, co-directed by photographer and activist Zanele Muholi, is a compelling plea for understanding and tolerance of the black, LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about their work with Tessa Lewin (Researcher, University of Sussex), Kylie Thomas (Author; Associate researcher, University of the Free State, South Africa and University of Brighton) and Darren Newbury (Author and Professor of Photographic History, University of Brighton.)

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases photographic exhibition will be in the South Gallery at Charleston from 8 September – 6 January.


Tessa Lewin is a researcher, facilitator, and artist. She is interested in cross-disciplinary, and participatory work that engages with issues of social justice. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a doctoral candidate at the University of Brighton. Her doctoral thesis explores queer visual activism in contemporary South Africa.


Kylie Thomas is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, South Africa. She writes about photography, visual activism, violence and memory during and after apartheid. She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after apartheid (Bucknell University Press and Wits University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Photography in and out of Africa: Iterations with Difference (Routledge, 2015). She holds a British Academy International Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Brighton (September 2018-February 2019).


Darren Newbury is Professor of Photographic History and Director of Postgraduate Studies (Arts and Humanities) at the University of Brighton. He is the author of Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa (2009) and People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine (2013).  He is co-editor of The African Photographic Archive: Research and Curatorial Strategies (2015) with Christopher Morton, and was editor of the international journal Visual Studies from 2003 to 2015.  He has curated exhibitions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and District Six Museum, Cape Town.

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