Grace Williams and Iranti.org
September 30-October 13, 2016
This exhibit is connected to the Gallatin symposium, Critical Race Feminisms: Crossing Borders and Generations, a celebration of the work of Professor e. Frances White. Taken together, the symposium and exhibit represent the range of White’s work, interests, and connections throughout the black diaspora.On exhibit is the work of New York’s activist and artist, Grace Williams, as well as the photographs of Johannesburg’s Iranti-org.Grace Williams is a witness. Her luminous work invites us to engage and to contemplate our world. She calls these works “power objects.” Looking closely, you will see details of community and personal histories. Grace has said, “My intention is to touch the soul, to touch a place that people normally don’t even think about.”Iranti-org is an organization that does national, regional, and global advocacy on queer issues. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, they enlarge the LGBTI human rights discourse through new media and traditional strategies for change. This serious of photographs and videos include training workshops conducted by Iranti; portraits of human rights defenders; documentation of hate crimes and the protests and court cases resulting from those crimes; the first Africa Trans* Visibility Day; and Queer Pride marches/demonstrations.Photographers and videographers include Jebulani Pereira, Gugu Mandla, Ayanda Msiza, Mpho Mokgadi, Dean Hutton, Nerina Penzhorn, and Refilwe Mogorosi.
For more information on Iranti-org, please visit: www.iranti-org.co.za