Backlash!      July-August 2014
  • Zanele Muholi, Mini Mbatha, 2010.
Courtesy Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg.

    Faces of South Africa in the Berkshires

    Muholi’s one-woman show at the Williams College Museum of Art coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the April 1994 elections that marked South Africa’s transition to democracy.

  • Sofiko Chiaureli as the young poet in The Color of Pomegranates, 1968

    Slipping Beauty Past the Soviet Censors

    Sergei Parajanov made his beautiful films between 1964 and 1988, working within the highly bureaucratic and censorious machinery of the Soviet Union

  • David Rousseve/Reality STARDUST

    Choreographer David Roussève Is Out with Stardust

    Roussève is known for his highly original form of expressionistic dance theater that blends elements of dance and performance art with African-American traditional and pop cultures.

  • Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Snakecharmer, 1870

    Homologous Tales of the Near East

    The Homoerotics of Orientalism is a book that upends current postcolonial thinking by presenting a massive, inchoate body of texts - mutually informing, supporting, and cross-referencing one another across the famously impervious East-West divide.

  • Tim McCarthy and Ex-Gay Uganda

    Witness to a Genocide in the Making

    The National Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the passage of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexual Law was planned by the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda and broadcast live across Uganda.

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