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GAZE:Art vol. 2 with Bev Ditsie

  • Ashara Ekundayo Gallery 480 23rd Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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Join us at Omi Arts Project + Space for an intimate evening of film and conversation on how to recognize and harness the power of Black womxn featuring South African Director/Writer/Filmmaker Bev Ditsie at GAZE:Art Vol. 2.

TICKETS are sliding scale and available on Eventbrite.

Co-Hosts | Ashara Ekundayo, L.B. Williams


Bev Palesa Ditsie captured the world’s attention in the 1990s when, in addressing a United Nations World Conference on Women, she told the assembled members that they must “recognize that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a violation of basic human rights.” Her comments marked the first time that an African lesbian advocated on behalf of gay and lesbian rights before a UN conference assembly.

Starting out as an actor at the age of 10 and as a prominent queer rights activist at the age of 17, Ditsie has explored the impact of television on society both as a freelance director and independent filmmaker. In addition to her work in human rights advocacy in South Africa and beyond, Ditsie is an artist and a television writer/director known for her documentaries and for directing reality shows and series including Project Runway South Africa.

A resident of Johannesburg, South Africa, and a recipient of GALA’s Lifetime Achievement and Feather of the Year awards, Ditsie has sought to produce content that educates and affirms her fellow black South Africans. She has also played a key role in the founding of the gay rights organization GLOW as well as in organizing South Africa’s first Gay Pride March in Johannesburg.

During apartheid, Ditsie also played an important role in ensuring that LGBTI rights were recognized in the South African constitution.

The GAZE:Art Series centers the creative voices and expertise of international Black LGBTQI+ Artists. Offerings may include Artist Talks, Film Salons, Maker Workshops, and Skill Shares.

GAZE:Art 2019 Artists Include Thokozani Ndaba, Bev Ditsie, adrienne maree brown, Andrew Wilson, Erica Deeman and Pratibha Parmar.

Omi Arts Project Space is supported by the Akonadi Foundation - Beloved Community Fund and City of Oakland - Dept. of Human Services ReCAST Grant, and is fiscally sponsored by The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture

Earlier Event: May 24
'Communion' Gallery Hours
Later Event: May 29
'Communion' Gallery Hours