Description A young woman listens to kwaito music as she prepares to go out. She's just finished ironing, as you can see from the shirt still pressed on her bed. The beds are two of 18 in this old miners' hostel, shared between more than 50 people.Langa TownshipCape Town, South Africa
Kate Wilhelm, Guelph Member Since January 2008 Artist Statement
50% of the proceeds of any print sales will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which helps to ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa at the grassroots level. It provides care to women who are ill and struggling to survive; assists orphans and other AIDS affected children; supports heroic grandmothers who almost single-handedly care for their orphan grandchildren; and supports associations of people living with HIV/AIDS.
I picked up photography in 1998 when I dropped out of school for a year and bought an old, second-hand Yashica FX2. For a few years my camera and I were inseparable, but after I graduated with an English degree and started working full-time, it fell away. When my son was born in 2006, I again saw photographs everywhere. I started capturing some with an actual camera, and haven’t stopped since.
My life as a mother is integral to my photography, even when it isn’t explicitly the subject of my photos. During my son’s infancy, the stroller was one of the few places he would sleep that wasn’t my arms; the walks I took with my camera allowed me space for both introspection and engagement with the outside world, in a way that the physical demands of mothering wouldn’t otherwise allow.