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Dark Figure, Dark City
Photo By Ashley Walters

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Photographer: Ashley Walters

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  • Studio Name: Dark Figure, Dark City
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  • Country: South Africa
  • Nearest Area: www.asheywalters.co.cc
  • Nearest Town: Cape Town
  • Gear: Ashley Walters
  • Description: Dark City, 2011 Dark City visually explores the built environment and its effect on creating social constructs and influencing cultural behavioral patterns within the colored townships. In my investigation of these regulated spaces, I look at how surveillance, physical and political hierarchies assert boundaries within society, creating internal conflict amongst members of community and forming micro-cosmisms of control within these public and domestic spaces. This body of work shows the Cape Flats, an area that is distinctive for its flat terrain and recognized for its notorious prison like structures. These structures were built in the 1950’s apartheid South Africa to house colored families in the Western Cape, many of whom had been forcefully removed from District 6. These modern structures commonly took the form of blocks of three to four story flats (or fletse as they are known). These blocks are typically arranged parallel to one another forming a central court¬yard. Many of these exist in close vicinity to each other. These heteropian spaces are often represented in terms of poverty, unemployment and stereotypes that are associated with violence and crime. In Dark City I challenge these stereotypes through ways of seeing the visible and the invisibility of landscape.

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