Last month, Manenberg, South Africa, made an appearance in the international news after the army was sent there to suppress the relentless gang-related murders ("Rising Cape Town Violence is Yet Another Legacy of Apartheid," Bloomberg Businessweek). In 20
I began working in Manenberg in 2011, focusing on the ways a community plagued by gang violence –– stemming from historical, geographical, cultural, and governmental oppression –– looks to the future and manages the loves, losses and predictabilities of day-to-day living. •
Pictured is Meezie Lottering, who I've known since he was a year old. In the first image, from 2018, Meezie is eight, flexing his muscles outside his home in Manenberg. In the second image Meezie is six years old. A boy on the precipice of becoming a young man, he's faced with putting together the pieces of his masculinity. Raised by a single mother, he depends on her, his older brother, and his community for guidance.