photoSCHWEIZ 2021
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Mpho Mokgadi

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I use photography to document how the youth of southern African countries are affected by politics, economics, and social issues. While in Malawi, I was fascinated by the greater use of motorbikes as a means of transportation when compared to the proliferation of cars in South Africa. Through my conversations with local motorbike riders, I found that they preferred this mode of transportation for its relatively lower expense in a failing economy. Conversations surrounding transportation led to larger issues of poverty, mass migration to Johannesburg and other more profitable cities, and the xenophobic attacks migrants experience after leaving their villages. In this way, they uses modes of transportation as a signifier for larger themes.