The Magnum Digest: May 14, 2021
Lindokuhle Sobekwa photographs Lesotho garment factory abuse story for TIME, and asbestos roofing controversy for Le Monde, while Sohrab Hura’s film screens online on MoMA
Lindokuhle Sobekwa photographs Lesotho garment factory workers
An investigative report into the conditions experienced by factory workers in Lesotho, South Africa is illustrated by images taken by Lindokuhle Sobekwa, and published jointly in TIME magazine and The Fuller Project. 13 women have reported sexual and physical abuse at the factory Hippo Knitting where they make garments for the American company Fabletics, owned by Kate Hudson. Read the TIME story here, and the Fuller Project story here.
Lindokuhle Sobekwa documents South Africans living with asbestos for Le Monde
A story in Le Monde reports on the suspension of politician Ace Magashule, a member of the ruling ANC party who has been temporarily removed from government due to corruption charges. Lindokuhle Sobekwa’s images appear in the story, and depict some of the residents of Bloemfontein, South Africa, who live with the impacts of asbestos roofing in their homes and neighbourhoods. Magashule has been indicted for corruption, money laundering and fraud in connetion to an asbestos auditing contract he awarded, worth 255 million rand. Read the Le Monde article here.
Sohrab Hura’s film showing online on MoMA
A new piece on the MoMA website features an interview with Sohrab Hura, accompanying the screening of his short film, The Lost Head and the Bird, as part of their video art program, Hyundai Card Video views. “I ended up in the beginning thinking that my work was about violence,” Hura tells MoMA, “but it took me a while to figure out it was actually about different kinds of systems. One of which was power, and it included all kinds of visual material that was out there.” You can watch the 2019 film and read the interview at their website here.