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Many Kinds of Power

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‘When we begin to live from within outward, in touch with the power of the erotic within ourselves and allowing that power to inform and illuminate our actions upon the world around us, then we can begin to be responsible to ourselves in the deepest sense…Our acts against oppression become integral with self, motivated and empowered from within’- Audre Lorde

This series is a continuation of a photography project, ‘Many Kinds Of Power’ which is an ongoing series depicting queer, non-binary, trans, drag and ungendered peoples. It serves to highlight the undeniable existence of the LGBTQIA+ community and calls for the acceptance and normalisation of the different forms of sexuality and presentation within our society.

As the series continues, I begin to look within the LGBTQIA+ community and some of the discrimination and hate that exists. It is hard to be honest about the fact that there are marginalised people within the community. Furthermore, a significant number of queer, non-binary, trans, and drag people are left out of the conversation and it is crucial that we observe these patterns so we can rescue the way we imagine and depict queerness from capitalism.

Theodorah Ndlovu is a photographer born in Mpumalanga, South Africa and currently lives in London, UK. Her work explores portraiture, landscape, fashion and live music events. She seeks for her work to challenge ideas around race, gender and sexuality- to break the barriers around what is possible for people of colour, especially in the LGBTQI community to achieve. When capturing subjects Theodorah’s aesthetic aims are to interpret the beauty, love or pain she sees in them. Music serves as a portal of discovery of her feelings, how she expresses those feelings and how she learns from them- live music photography forces her to face all this and express it through the photographs she captures. She has worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the U.K. and has been the resident photographer for the literary organisation, BORN::FREE. She has previously worked with Artists and collectives such as Steam Down, Thandiswa Mazwai, Jojo Abot, and Maxhosa by Laduma. Her work has been published in Nataal, Girls Like Us Magazine, Kingsplace and elsewhere. She is currently working on her portfolio and has exhibited in July as part of FETARI curated by Kengy McNicols and recently debuted a successful solo exhibition in January 2020 in collaboration with margot mool as part of their Music launch.