Filmed on a GoPro Hero2 with no extraneous sounds added in editing.
EXHIBITION at Fotofestiwal, Lodz, 2017.
In Cape Town, the legacy of apartheid and the “dop system” permeate heavily through generations of people of colour. The common perception is that it is an individual’s fault if he or she is homeless, and observers are quick to judge and slow to consider the implications of centuries of strategic oppression.
Most of my interactions with the homeless were with war veterans (who’d served in Vietnam era to Iraq). They suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and turn to self-medication with illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Drug use, Christian eschatology enforcing the ongoing idea of the “Rapture”, heavy police presence and reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded-security state induce paranoia in victims. Talk of the end of the world is common.