A collaborative project by drag artist and activist Belinda Qaqamba Kafassie and South African photographer Lee-Ann Olwage.
The project tells the stories of black queer, gender-nonconforming and transgender people who grew up in the townships of South Africa, where they have to navigate their daily lives. The project is about augmenting the power in these stories of daily township spatial navigation, migration, culture-,gender- and sexual-identity.
The project was created to serve as a platform of expression for black queer individuals, where they were invited to co-create images they felt told their stories in a way that is affirming and celebratory.
The aim was also to highlight the need for the African lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ+) community to find their identities irrespective of their backgrounds, and to reclaim the public space in a community where they are subject to discrimination, harassment and violence as part of everyday life.
The process of creating the project became a radical and progressive act of activism to reclaim the township and to stand up against the overwhelming climate of discrimination black queer bodies face in the township.