EMMANUEL MUNANO
'ISITHUNZI'

The word Isithunzi in the nguni languages (isiZulu, isiNdebele and isiXhosa) has a double meaning. Firstly it refers to a physical shadow - manifested as a dark area or shape produced by rays of light, and secondly it refers to the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect. I am interested in interpreting the second definition of the word in the context of my own personal life experiences. Through this project, I intend to explore the notions of space and identity in showcasing my own environment and the state and quality of black life in urban and township spaces.

As a self taught photographer I travel to spaces I have never explored and diarise personal encounters and observations in everyday life. I interogate interpretations and the meaning of image and identity in retrospect to my surroundings.The shadow (isithunzi) is a recurring element in the images, it is a catalyst of how I gain access to people and spaces.

It is easier to point your camera at a shadow than at a person.

EMMANUEL MUNANO IS A SELF-TAUGHT PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN PRETORIA.