ZAM Reporter

London, 07.10 - 01.11.20 | Sabelo Mlangeni's Royal House of Allure

Caption Sabelo Mlangeni, “James Brown” (2019). Digital ultrachrome archival print. Image courtesy of the artist and blank projects, Cape Town.

South African photographer Sabelo Mlangeni discovered the House of Allure almost by coincidence. He was in Lagos working with the intention to do a story on a celebrity transgender woman. She never answered his calls and messages. Mlangeni had to look for another story and researched the local area. Then he was told about a safehouse that offered refuge to members of the LGBTIQ+ community. Mlangeni spent two months in the House of Allure, building an intimate relationship with its inhabitants. The portrayal of their daily lives became the subject of his series which is part of a group exhibition in the London King's Cross Tunnel. Curated by Ekow Eshun, other participants are Alejandro Cartagena, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Medina Dugger, Mahtab Hussain, Dhruv Malhotra, George Osodi, Kyle Weeks. The exhibition is an initiative by the Global Fund for Human Rights.

More images and an interview with Mlangeni about his project The Royal House of Allure here.