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03.26.14 Manenberg

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Manenberg_8309Debby, Zipoorah, Meezie and Zobie Lottering.Manenberg_9306

Debby and Luna, neighbors.

Manenberg_7545Ashwin, 19, a member of the Hard Livings gang.

Manenberg_7473Ashwin and his mother, Charmaine, right.

Manenberg_7943While the row houses are renovated, residents live in shipping containers.

Manenberg_8721Full moon, Manenberg.






Written by Sarah Stacke

March 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

08.12.13 Cherokee: Soco Road

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Earlier this year I began visiting the Cherokee Reservation in the western hills of North Carolina. I’m drawn to intersections of cultural politics, geography and historical events that have marginalized communities and individuals. This interest has led me to the townships of South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and now western North Carolina. I don’t know what Cherokee will reveal to me about itself, or about myself. The history of the Cherokee people and the lands on which they live is deep and complicated and still unfolding, as is the history of the ways they have been represented.

terrain-lines_2q3e9QgvL6ETerrain (Lines). Cherokee, NC.
© Stamen Design, under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) license.

Cherokee_0181Entering Cherokee on Soco Road. Cherokee, NC. August 2013.

Cherokee_0163New Railing. Cherokee, NC. August 2013.

(Earlier posts on this topic can be seen here.)

Written by Sarah Stacke

August 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

07.17.11 DRC: Inkisi

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When I read about Obama’s promising initiative called “Powering Africa” in the New York Times yesterday, I thought about the nights I spent in Inkisi, Democratic Republic of Congo, watching my hosts cook dinner with the light of an LED lamp. Similar to the Headlamp Series, the images below capture glimpses of typically public scenes that seem to become intimate and private in the dark. I can only imagine how this courtyard will be transformed when the electricity works through the night.

KIN_2650Mother and Daughter. 2012.KIN_2648

Mamie. 2012.

Written by Sarah Stacke

July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

07.11.13 DRC: Peniel at Home

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Peniel Katembera at home.


Written by Sarah Stacke

July 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

04.24.13 Zim: Revisiting A6 to Bulawayo

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A6 to Bulawayo is a work in progress.  The pictures in this series were made during my first visit to Zimbabwe in July 2011. For more images from A6 to Bulawayo, click here.

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 2011.  Matopos National Park.Matopos Evening.

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 2011.Lion Keeper.Bulayway, Zimbabwe. 2011.

Matabeleland Produce Auctions.


Bulayway, Zimbabwe. 2011.John’s Farm.

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 2011.Picking Onions.

Written by Sarah Stacke

April 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

03.31.13 DRC Archive Project: LEMA

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo c. 1975.
© Lema Mpeve Mervil

 Read more about this project here.


03.12.13 Maggie Valley TBD

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Maggie Valley TBD is a project I recently began in the western hills of North Carolina.  This working title suggests that the direction and scope of this project is yet To Be Determined (TBD).  Maggie Valley was was named after Maggie Mae Setzer Pylant, who was born in 1890 when Maggie Valley was still an isolated settlement in the wilderness.  Today it is a tourist attraction for those visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on the nearby Cherokee Reservation.  This intersection, both geographic and cultural, between Maggie Valley and Cherokee is where my curiosity rests.

130312_Cherokee_7561Alamo Motel and Cottages.  Maggie Valley, NC.  February 15, 2013.

130312_Cherokee_7609Buffalo.  Cherokee, NC.  February 16, 2013.

Written by Sarah Stacke

March 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm