“Some [white] girl just asked me if I sold drugs. So I asked her if she sold slaves.”
Photo, Soweto by Koto Bolofo
“I found the men with the killer haircuts in South Africa, on a commission from French Vogue Homme International. The Art Director was Phil Bicker at the time, he knew I was South African and he wanted me to go the Black Soweto Township in Johannesburg to get the spirit of the people living there.
He knew my work really well and loved it, but he also knew I had never photographed my countrymen. He thought my portfolio was safe and encouraged me to push myself. This was a real a challenge, and to tell the truth, I was scared.
I feel this tuned out to be one of the best South African shoots I ever did, with vibrant, cutting-edge images that were far from safe!
Phil Bicker and the magazine loved them, and they ran a huge story as at the time, no-one else had done this.
I hope to publish a book on the photographs I did in Soweto.” - Koto Bolofo
Exhibiting currently at Colette Paris with book signing this June 30th | more info
Baroness Helena Kennedy, one of the fiercest criminal lawyers in the country, championing civil liberties and campaigning for human rights and women’s rights, tells i-D online her thoughts on feminism, class and Rupert Murdoch at Hay Festival. Serious.
Black Girl Dangerous: Desirability: Or, Why That White Ally Who Dates All the Brown Queers Needs To Stop It
by Mia McKenzie
“I have been thinking and talking a lot lately about the politics of desirability. In particular, the way that some white queer allies move through QPOC spaces, dating every brown queer they can get their hands on, almost always going unchecked, and never really understanding or acknowledging why this behavior might be problematic..”
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as well. As a Black queer –I’ve notice there always seems to be at least one white queer person hitting on all of the brown queers (especially those that are masculine-identified) seemingly without regard for individual personalities, interests, etc. Just because they’re hot and, well, BROWN. I’ve even had the same person hit on me three times, on three separate occasions without realizing I was the same person! It’s like “you’re brown? I’m in!” – Maximum fetishism going on. I’m interested to hear other folks’ perspective on this as Mia brings up some great points. Discuss.