- Archival giclée print on Epson watercolour paper.
- 30cm x 30cm
- Editions of 5
ABOUT THE WORK:
These photographs show various structures made by homeless people on the streets of Cape Town.
The urban homeless re-appropriate discarded objects and unused public space. Their temporary anthropomorphic structures change and move frequently. They close up in wet weather, or release their covers when it's warm. These shelters are made of whatever can be found. They are erected as needed or disassembled and packed into a shopping- trolley or wheelie-bin to be moved to a new location.
The inhabitants of these dwellings are vulnerable. They have no social or financial capital and are often despised by people with fixed abodes. With Cape Town following a neoliberal path of gentrification, sanitisation and public space control by private organisations, homeless people are increasingly marginalised. They are being pushed out of the city as parks are fenced, soup-kitchens closed and intimidation by city officials and other private or semi-private entities increases.
These homes are portable and resourceful. They are often well hidden, unseen or actively ignored.
By documenting them in a formal architectural manner, I require the viewer to consider their legitimacy and both the plight and inginuity of those who construct them.