Love From Manenberg is part of an ongoing series that I began in 2011. Manenberg, a township of Cape Town, South Africa, was established in the late 1960s by the Apartheid government as a designated area for Coloured families. Today Manenberg is largely recognized for its social issues, which include HIV/AIDS, unemployment, drug abuse and relentless gang violence. Yet as the images in this series address, people are more complex than the facts of poverty or drug abuse or homelessness. I begin from the perspective of what I share with those pictured–a search for meaning, the desire to belong and to love, the consequences of choice. The resulting images aim to move the viewer beyond the specific moments recorded in the frame and open a window into larger questions of humanity. Love From Manenberg is guided by what the art of photography shows me about the world as much as by my feelings and relationships with the people I photograph.
Sarah Stacke's work explores intersections of cultural politics, geography and historical events that create marginalized communities which are disenfranchised from the dominant culture with which they attempt to co-exist. Her work has led to projects in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and in the Cherokee community of Western North Carolina.
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