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Lindokuhle Sobekwa: I Carry Her Photo with Me
Text by Lindokuhle Sobekwa.
A scrapbook story of mourning and disappearance in South Africa
South African photographer Lindokuhle Sobekwa (born 1995) began this project after finding a family portrait with his sister Ziyanda’s face cut out. He describes her as a secretive, rebellious and rough presence and recalls the dark day when she chased him and he was hit by a car: she disappeared hours later and returned only a decade later, ill. By this time, Sobekwa had become a photographer and realized the family had no picture of her. However, Ziyanda died before he could photograph her.
Employing a scrapbook aesthetic with handwritten notes, I Carry Her Photo with Me is a means for Sobekwa to engage both with the memory of his sister and the wider implications of such disappearances—a troubling part of South Africa’s history. The book complements his wider work on fragmentation, poverty and the long-reaching ramifications of apartheid and colonialism across all levels of South African society.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Lindokuhle Sobekwa: I Carry Her Photo with Me.'
STATUS: Forthcoming | 5/23/2023
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