Book shows social imbalance

2017-07-11 06:01

A book highlighting issues faced by disadvantaged communities in the province will be launched at the Centre for African Studies Gallery at UCT.

The book titled A Drain on our Dignity is filled with images of evidence of a lack of service delivery and poor conditions that people live in.

It will be launched on Thursday 3 August which will also be the start of an exhibition that will go until Tuesday 29 August.

Author Masixole Feni says his idea is to change how the lives of people in the province is perceived, neglecting the real issue of social imbalance.

He says it angers him that the province is perceived as a well-developed province with a balanced lifestyle, while it is only the advantaged people living in the suburbs who get to enjoy the fruits of the democracy.

Feni is an activist photographer who has worked for various media houses as a freelance photo journalist.

The work he has done in this project won him the Ernest Cole Award in 2015, which made his dream of publishing a book come true.

He says he started working on the project in 2013 but has never had enough resources to help him fulfil his dream.

“I entered the competition with the intention of getting exposure to publishers and sending my message out there and that has paid off for me. I hope people will support my work and buy the book.”

He says his idea developed when he got out of the dusty streets of Mfuleni to work in other townships, where he noticed that what he saw as a problem in Mfuleni was actually experienced by many people living in underdeveloped areas.

“I live at the back of an RDP house in Mfuleni on the Cape Flats. I experience issues like poor sanitation, access to clean water and flooding first hand. Many South Africans still find themselves struggling for basic living conditions.”

Paul Weinberg, co-coordinator of the Ernest Cole Award, says Feni’s visualisation of inequality, structural violence and his own imaginative response through photography is a reflection on human creativity despite the limits put forward by power.

“Every day we read about people’s anger and frustration but we do not get to see the other side. But for Feni his work transcends the mere record of this life to show the resilience of people who make a dignified life under difficult and unjust conditions.”

V For more information contact Paul Weinberg on 021 650 5251 or paul.weinberg@­­uct.­­­ac.­za.

A book highlighting issues faced by disadvantaged communities in the province will be launched at the Centre for African Studies Gallery at UCT.

The book titled A Drain on our Dignity is filled with images of evidence of a lack of service delivery and poor conditions that people live in. It will be launched on Thursday 3 August which will also be the start of an exhibition that will go until Tuesday 29 August.

Author Masixole Feni says his idea is to change how the lives of people in the province is perceived, neglecting the real issue of social imbalance.

He says it angers him that the province is perceived as a well-developed province with a balanced lifestyle, while it is only the advantaged people living in the suburbs who get to enjoy the fruits of the ­democracy.

Feni is an activist photographer who has worked for various media houses as a freelance photo journalist.

The work he has done in this project won him the Ernest Cole Award in 2015, which made his dream of publishing a book come true.

He says he started working on the project in 2013 but has never had enough resources to help him fulfil his dream.

“I entered the competition with the intention of getting exposure to publishers and sending my message out there and that has paid off for me. I hope people will support my work and buy the book.”

He says his idea developed when he got out of the dusty streets of Mfuleni to work in other townships, where he noticed that what he saw as a problem in Mfuleni was actually experienced by many people living in underdeveloped areas. “I live at the back of an RDP house in Mfuleni on the Cape Flats. I experience issues like poor sanitation, access to clean water and flooding first hand. Many South Africans still find themselves struggling for basic living ­conditions.”

Paul Weinberg, co-coordinator of the Ernest Cole Award, says Feni’s visualisation of inequality, structural violence and his own imaginative response through photography is a reflection on human creativity despite the limits put forward by power.

“Every day we read about people’s anger and frustration but we do not get to see the other side. But for Feni his work transcends the mere record of this life to show the resilience of people who make a dignified life under difficult and unjust conditions.”

V For more information contact Paul Weinberg on 021 650 5251 or paul.weinberg@­­uct.­­­ac.­za.

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