James Mollison: "Where Children Sleep" series
“Where Children Sleep: stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background. My thinking was that the bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children’s material and cultural circumstances ’ the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other ’ while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals ’ just as children. This selection of diptych’s from 56 in the book (Chris Boot November 2010). The book is written and presented for an audience of 9-13 year olds ’ intended to interest and engage children in the details of the lives of other children around the world, and the social issues affecting them, while also being a serious photographic essay for an adult audience.” — James Mollison’s portfolio site.
Gentrification should be worked into the City: The challenge for Cape Town
Gentrification has many forms and definitions. A recent Case Study on gentrification in Woodstock defines it is as, “a transformation of a dilapidated neighbourhood into an upgraded, attractive area with an influx of a higher social class that is pushing out the original, poorer residents”. For Cape Town, the definition and form of a dilapidation may vary, and in some cases ‘dilapidated’ may be an extreme word, but Bo-Kaap, Woodstock and an already largely gentrified Green Point, are facing the challenges of balancing gentrification with economic and social inclusion.
The U.S. Security Council delegation (i,e. The United States) has said that they will veto Palestine’s bid for statehood, that is, if they aren’t successful in convincing the 14 others to abstain.
Maybe the U.S. should have thought about the consequences of displacement and conflictual rule before recognizing Israel. JUST MAYBE.
Do you honestly think that a suffering, demoralized, humiliated nation, under the influence of spreading democratic ideals, was going to forget about its basic rights?
ARE YOU LISTENING, MISTER PRESIDENT? (Hint: you’re fucking not.)
He has a chance to start helping rebuild what the United States tore down. Now or, I’m afraid, probably never.
I am so sad today. Please surprise me, please. Please.