The pioneering photographer, curator, writer and activist live in conversation with BJP
Growing up in the febrile atmosphere of manliness following Six-Day War, the Israeli photographer never felt he quite fitted in. Until he joined the IDF, embraced his sexuality and went to art college
“I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other,” says South African photographer Zanele Muholi. Born in 1972 in Umlazi, a township close to Durban, Muholi defines herself as a visual activist using photography to articulate contemporary identity politics. In her latest series, Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, she uses her body to confront the politics of race and representation, questioning the way the black body is shown and perceived.
“The Tiergarten is Berlin’s oldest urban public park and is kind of a cross between Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath. It’s an amazing space, with an amazing history right at the heart of the city. If you can get your head around the Tiergarten I think you can start to get your head around Berlin and its history,” says photographer Marc Vallée. This July he attended a conference on the park called Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression at the Haus der Kulturern der Welt, and he’s turned his visual response to the issues discussed there into a zine. Including 12 images over 24 pages, the zine documents a queer anarchist exploring the park’s historic gay cruising area. It’s been a hookup hotspot for the last 100 years or so, even during the Nazi era, and the zine looks at landscape and space, sexuality and the act of transgression – or the act of seeking it out. It’s the seventh zine Vallée has put together, starting in 2012 with Writers, documenting the London graffiti scene, and Anti-Skateboarding …