FRONTLINE

Frontliners – The Quiet Strength II

The Quiet Strength has been a buzzword in my work for some time. I tend to look for compositions that speak of strength and humanity.  Underlying my work is the desire to learn more about empathy, sympathy, and compassion to coax and tease meaning from these human traits. 

It was the beginning of a quiet strength when the first case of Corona Virus hit South Africa on March 5, 2020. The announcement of lockdown, March 23, 2020, in South Africa by President Cyril Ramphosa sent the entire country to physical distancing and social distancing. While on assignment, all I could see was quiet spaces but filled with the noise of the world, the noise of fear, the noise of tenacity, and what I have now defined as The Quiet Strength II. These images aim to narrate the Quiet Strength narrative, the kind of strength that tested the country, its people, and the health sector. I explore The Quiet Strength with these images, bringing awareness to extreme emotions, resilience, and tenacity of our health care sector during this pandemic. 

These images aim to narrate the Quiet Strength narrative, the kind of strength that tested the country, its people, Many historical events shaped South Africa and many ways we remember those events are through visual documentation or archival material. 1956 Women’s March documented images of four women Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, and Sophia William, captured to help us shape how we see history. Veteran photographer Sam Nzima documented 1976 Uprising Soweto to help us examine South African History. In my capacity as a filmmaker and photographer,  I have dedicated my creative life to stories centered around history, community, and advocacy for women in South Africa.  I have grown to appreciate the importance of visual documentation and archiving. With this work, The Quiet Strength II, I seek to follow the footsteps of those who told stories of South Africa events and how those events shaped the countries’ history. 

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