INCUBATOR 1 | WATER
Durban based photographers and visual artists, Thobani K, Niamh Walsh-Vorster and Paulo Menezes, are part of the first incubation of Contemporary Archive Project. Each photographer is researching and documenting the theme of water.
Paulo spends time exploring Durban’s beaches and their ever-changing uses and meanings. With the Indian Ocean as a backdrop, his work looks at migration and the Indian diaspora living in Durban, featuring small-scale fishing practises, to weekend family time along the promenade. He looks for intimate moments among those who frequent the beachfront.
Thobani is investigating the water issues in the area of Eskhebeni, Inanda, as well as connecting his family’s personal history with the space. He is also interested in finding sustainable solutions that are independent of government projects.
Niamh’s work is focused on people and bodies of water, and their relations to it. She has a specific interest in the Shongweni dam and its surroundings, with its current socio-political tensions and historical architecture. She is investigating the story of the space, which so far has been relatively undocumented.
This project is currently in incubation: 2021 – present.