[A]ged 16, Mykki Blanco left his small South Carolina town to move to NYC and become more than it would allow him to be. Having done that and then some, the performer, artist and iconoclast has recently journeyed to Johannesburg, South Africa for a new i-D film to meet the city’s vibrant queer creative community and hear their unique stories.
Directed by Matt Lambert, Out of this World explores the young South African artists using their platforms to negotiate the complex politics of gender, sexuality and identity in their society. From fashion designer Richard Mnisi to boundary pushing artists Umilio and FAKA, Mykki explores homophobia, changing concepts of masculinity and how the internet is empowering Johannesburg’s youth. It’s a beautiful, intimate portrait of a thriving scene.
Watch the full film below, and read our earlier feature with Mykki Blanco.