OF SOUL AND JOY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT,
Of Soul and Joy project is a long-term social art initiative undertaken in 2012 by Rubis Mécénat cultural fund in Thokoza, a township located in the southeast of Johannesburg in South Africa, to pass on artistic skills in Photography to a youth growing up in the township.
Since 2012 workshops are initiated at Buhlebuzile Secondary School in Thokoza. Among other photographers - Jabulani Dhalmini SA, Bieke Depoorter B, Cyprien Clément Delmas FR, Kutlwano Moagi SA, Thabiso Sekgala SA,… - I have been involved as a mentor and curator in the project (Free from my happiness, International Photo Festival Ghent 2015). During my last visit to South Africa, Rubis Mécénat assigned me to make photographs of their activity.
GRANDE HOTEL, MOZAMBIQUE
O Grande Hotel was build in the '50s, it was regarded as the most luxurious hotel in the Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The dream fell apart when the independence struggle began in 1964. The Portuguese dictatorship fell in 1974 and Mozambique became independent the following year. Shortly after the country was divided by civil war. The 16 years long conflict caused mass of displaced families.
The abandoned Grand Hotel was for many, their new home. The former colonial wealth was stripped and sold to the hungry bellies of the residents to fill. What now remains is a ruin without electricity and running water where about 3,000 people are hiding. Shadows, hidden from the eye, live down the social ladder.