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Nancefield Hostel in Soweto used to be one of the apartheid government’s labour dormitories that were subsequently turned into family units. It is now home to many young men and women born here after the advent of democracy in 1994 and they have transformed it into a vibrant homely, child-friendly, albeit still poverty-stricken community. It is one of those “unfamiliar spaces of society that we are all familiar with but do not stop to examine” that is portrayed in Buthelezi’s ‘The Lifestyle of the hostel dwellers’.
Born in 1994, Buthelezi completed his engineering studies before studying photo journalism and documentary photography at the famous Market Photo Workshop, home to David Goldblatt and Zanele Muholi.
Title: The Lifestyle of the hostel dwellers, 2018
Medium: Photography, Lustre Photo Paper (3)
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