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The daily lives, between ritual and community life of the Sangomas women, in a township near Cape town. Exhibit and book.
The daily lives, between ritual and community life of the Sangomas women, in a township near Cape town. Exhibit and book.
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"Between Home and Wisdom"

"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.

Regina Gingqishe, Nozitsetse Ghana, Sylvia Ntantiso, Eunice Magwa, Nowongile Swebe, Noyose Mntuyedwa. Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
Regina Gingqishe, Nozitsetse Ghana, Sylvia Ntantiso, Eunice Magwa, Nowongile Swebe, Noyose Mntuyedwa. Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
BHW Installation
BHW Installation

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.

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.

Regina Qingqishe # 3, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
Regina Qingqishe # 3, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014

"EXHIBITION"

Location :

I would like to use an old bottle store in the heart of Cape Town, transformed into an exhibition space. A big space, in a transition phase and very evocative. (I'll share  pictures and details, in the next weeks)

Prints :

15 pictures, printed in limited edition (5+1a.p. II) on cotton paper, two sizes : 39x31inches and 23,60x19,70 inches

The Italian Embassy in South Africa highly appreciated the relevance of this project also because so entrenched in the local culture, to the point of contributing to part of the promotion and production.

A percentage of the sales of the photos, will go to the community of the township of Dunoon.

Sylvia Ntantiso at home, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
Sylvia Ntantiso at home, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
Eunice Magwa at Home, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
Eunice Magwa at Home, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014

 "SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK"

-Design : Alice Marrollo (graphic designer and art director)

-300/600* copies

- Soft/Hard* cover Book

- 60 pp, 40 colors pictures (circa)

-Size 185x185 mm

-Printed 4 Process Colours front only on Neo Star (Matt), 128g/mÇ, White

*If we exceed our funding goal we will be able to increase the quality and the edition of the Self published Book.

The girl #1, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
The girl #1, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014

[…] the firm belief of the photographer is focal to a point - the image – as the convergence between reality and a photographer’s input, that together add up to a greater visual sense, both conceptual and narrative, making the photographer's perception of the context stand out; but not fixing it in just a snapshot.[…]

by Silvia Conta about "Between Home and Wisdom" (will be published in the Italian magazine "Espoarte" on May 2015)

Sylvia and Children, Dunoon, Cape Town 2014
Sylvia and Children, Dunoon, Cape Town 2014
The girl # 2, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014
The girl # 2, Dunoon, Cape town, 2014

Other pictures from "Between Home and Wisdom" on website here

Tommaso Fiscaletti full biography here

All the PICTURES of SPECIAL EDITION FOR BACKERS  will be printed on fine art paper in limited edition series of 15.

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

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