GALA has considerable expertise in developing high-quality museum exhibitions that have aimed to originate new, transforming ideas around sexual and gender identities, and to foster dialogue between LGBTI groups and the broader public. We believe that museums and other heritage sites can be vital tools for promoting social change. Our exhibitions often have a strong educational programme attached to them aimed at young people.
Exhibitions highlights include: "Journeys of Faith" (2016); “Home Affairs: About Love, Family and Relationships”, “Joburg Tracks: Sexuality in the City” (both developed 2008) and “Balancing Act: South African Gay and Lesbian Youth Speak Out” (2006). GALA also implements once-off interactive exhibitions to build community engagement with the archives, for example building a Wall of Remembrance at Jo’burg Pride in 2008.
Journeys of Faith: Navigating Sexual Orientation & GenderDiversity
Journeys of Faith tells the stories of members of the LGBTI community and their personal journeys in reconciling their religious (or spiritual) beliefs with their sexuality, gender and identity. The stories come from those in leadership positions within various religious organisations, ordinary people struggling with their faith and identity, as well as religious institutions and organisations that have provided a safe haven for LGBTI members to practice and negotiate their faith.
As these journeys relate to sexuality, gender, faith, identity and spiritualty, these are stories of a highly personal nature and therefore, as much as possible, are told through the words of those involved.
This exhibition is a result of the collaboration between Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) and the Apartheid Museum, and was made possible by generous funding from the Aids Foundation of South Africa (AFSA).
On at the Apartheid Museum Round Room exhibition space - 27 February - 15 July 2016.
Apartheid Museum permanent exhibition
In 2008 the Apartheid Museum invited GALA to develop a Permanent Exhibition at the Museum on the role ordinary citizens (including lesbian and gay people) played in setting the democratic agenda for the transition and the inclusion of these rights into the Equality.
The inclusion of a permanent display dealing with LGBTI history in a premier museum is a first on the continent, and testifies to the pioneering work that GALA has often undertaken.
The exhibition maps out the paths of LGBT people's lives in Johannesburg through the stories of eight gay, lesbian and transgender people: Edgar, Emile, Mary, Michele, Paul, Phumi, Shay, and Vanya.
This exhibition is on display at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg.
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