Intersections, 2012

A series of 5 large format photographs. 4"x 5" color negatives scanned and printed on archival pigment paper, 20"x 25" edition of 5.

Townships planned in the Western Cape, South Africa, replete with waterways, roads and an entire infrastructure, remain uninhabited. These townships are different to many others; they are marketed towards a new affluent upwardly mobile middle class.

"The use of townships as a racial construct was reinforced by theoretical movements within architecture and planning. Le Corbusier’s concept of temporary workforce housing, presented in the 1922 utopian proposal Ville Contemporaine, inspired the white South African vision of the positive yet controlled movement of a black population as temporary labor; and the influence of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities can be seen in township plans, which often included neatly drawn boulevards and neighborhoods laid out in lovely curving grids. In the 1950s a group of architects at the prestigious University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg proposed to solve the “native housing problem” by designing a series of matchbox houses whose sterile forms became ubiquitous across the sprawling township landscapes."

- Liza Findley and Liz Ogbu