African Photojournalism Database
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Lee-Ann Olwage is a visual story teller and photographic artist from South Africa.
Her work explores themes of identity and universal narratives through long-term collaborative projects.
Her earlier work focussed on social and environmental issues and she partnered with NGO’s who are addressing these issues in new and innovative ways.
She fearlessly takes a very real look at all aspects of society, especially the parts we like to keep hidden.
Her current work is exploring the universal narrative of gender identity within a South Africa context, creating an interesting background as a key player in the fight for human rights globally.
She aims to create thought provoking narratives that challenges preconceived notions, stereotypes and prejudices and she is driven by her deep love for portraiture and the human experience.
Her long term collaborative projects allow subjects to engage in the co-creation of their stories and how they are represented.
With the help of strong female mentors she is finding her unique voice and creating work that unapologetically says I’m here - this is me.
2019 - Head On Photo Festival Associate Exhibitor, 2018 - The Independent Photographer Portrait Finalist, 2017 - Through My Eyes
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A competitor at the Miss Gay Kuilsriver pageant returns to her dressing room after the swimwear category of the competition.
Cape Town has a scintillating drag tradition that dates back to the Thirties, especially in vibrant District Six. Today the pageants, the parties, the hairdressing salons and the fabulous drag queen shows still flourish across the city. However, it`s often hosted by backwood clubs, catering to a select few who know where to find them. The Queens of Cape Town is a photographic project that explores the world of drag queen beauty pageants and aims to look beyond the glitz and glamour of stilettos, glitter and tiaras to highlight the importance of safe spaces where queer bodies are celebrated and the role of drag as activism in the LGBTQ community.
Peyton Vivian Ramos getting ready in her bedroom
Jason Nolan arrives home to transform into Peyton Vivian Ramos with the help of his partner Chad and his sister.
In many ways, the performance of drag itself is activism. If the ability to change is the nature of drag, then defiance is its essence. Drag pageants are a tool for political and social change by challenging the status quo.
Ina Propriette exits stage left after her performance at the Miss Gay Western Cape pageant. The pagenat is held annually at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Cape Town and is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
The Miss Gay/drag pageants provide a platform for individuals to express themselves in a space where the LGBT community feels safe and where queer bodies are celebrated.