Soweto/Sowebo - Martha Cooper
Soweto is a big city on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Sowebo is a small neighbourhood in downtown Baltimore (where ‘The Wire’ is based on).
Like Soweto, Sowebo played a historic role in the fight for racial equality.
After the Tragic assassination of Martin Luther King there was a massive black uprising in Baltimore leaving many white shop owners to flea the area. More than 40 years later most of these establishments remain abandoned. Because of it’s desolate nature, someone decided to nickname the neighbourhood ‘Sowebo’ after Soweto and the name stuck.
SOWETO / SOWEBO
Female Mechanics in Senegal by Anthony Kurtz
Fatou Sylla and Fatou Camara run their own car repair business called Fatou Fatou Mercedes Garage in Dakar
“Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive,” is a three-part exhibition of photographs from the Walther Collection, curated by the South African scholar Tamar Garb, with works that range from late-nineteenth-century photographs from southern Africa to pictures by present-day African and African-American artists. The final installment of the series, “Poetics and Politics,” is currently on view at the Walther Project Space, in Chelsea.
Click-through for a slide show of photographs from “Distance and Desire,” with captions abbreviated from the catalogue, followed by a Q. & A. with Garb: http://nyr.kr/10VCuoK