With your help, I would like to present this project with an EXHIBITION in Cape town by April/June 2015, and present a BOOK in the following weeks within the exhibit.
"Between Home and Wisdom" is a portraits photographic project. The images were captured in the township of Dunoon, were about 30.000 people live at the doorsteps of Cape Town.
The project was inspired by a group of urban weavers who besides making baskets and bags are also Sangomas. In the South African culture are those who practice the cult of the ancestor worship, and with magic rituals and traditional medicine are able to heal others.
My relationship with the women of this community has enabled me to construct some of these images in a way that reveals the hidden aspects of this reality.
The reality of the place moves between the isolation of the cult of the Sangomas (and the burden that this brings upon each of them) and the importance of their relationship with one another and within their community.
The daily solitary practice of this cult, can be at times very demanding, and researching angles, backgrounds, surfaces, and evocative details I try to represent the inner life of the people I have met. In some of the photographs, characters join the subjects in the scenes that we don’t entirely understand why they are there. They don’t directly interact with the Sangomas but we can perceive that they play a role. The inclusion or exclusion of some characters is as if it becomes a way to shed light on the ancestral presence that we cannot see.
About 80% of the population today still relies on the cure of Sangomas.