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Wed, 20 June 2012
The exhibition Joburg Tracks: Sexuality in the City continues to be on display at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg.
It's a must-see for all LGBT people in Gauteng; giving a unique perspective of our community in South Africa’s biggest city.
The exhibition was first developed in 2008 by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) in collaboration with the TRACE exhibition group. After being launched at Constitution Hill, it moved to Museum Africa in 2010.
Joburg Tracks maps out the paths of LGBT people’s lives in Johannesburg. It examines the effects of the Constitution and how it came about through the stories of eight gay, lesbian and transgender people. These are Edgar Dlamini, Emile, Mary Louw, Bruno, Paul Mokgethi, Phumi Mtetwa, Shay McLaren and Vanya Maseko.
According to a poster at the museum, the exhibition "tells the story of the city from a different perspective and shows the way that ‘gay experience’ is part of the very fabric of Johannesburg. The exhibition itself represents the city of Johannesburg... walk through it, following the tracks of each participant as they converge and intersect."
Zola Mtshiza, the curator of exhibitions at Museum Africa told Joburg.org.za that when Joburg Tracks was put up at the museum it was met with some resistance, with “people saying what are we teaching schoolchildren. But I feel it’s not explicit, it just depicts people from childhood and how they discovered themselves”.
He added: “It explores the conflict between nature and humanity… It is a very broad and thick topic to discuss because of the stereotypes that exist.”
The groundbreaking exhibition was curated by Mark Gevisser and Dr. Zethu Matebeni, was designed by Clive van den Berg and can be seen on the third level east concourse at Museum Africa.
The museum is located at 121 Bree Street, Newtown and is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to the museum is free.
For further information or to book a personal tour of Joburg Tracks please contact GALA archivist Gabriel Hoosain Khan by email at Hoosain.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 011 717 1963.