Africa’s Out! was founded by artist and activist Wangechi Mutu to initiate change in the way the nation engages with Africa and the way Africans reach out to empower one another. The project was inspired by UHAI EASHRI, an indigenous activist fund that provides flexible and accessible resources to support civil society activism around issues of sexuality, health and human rights in the East African region. UHAI provides grants and capacity support to sex worker and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex organizations in the five East African countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
To raise awareness for the cause, Mutu and her team have organized an exhibition featuring fellow Pace Prints collaborator Leonardo Drew, among numerous other internationally renowned artists. The exhibition will take place at Gladstone gallery Friday, June 5. There will be a benefit and after party featuring a performance by Solange Knowles and DJ set by Venus X.