David Goldblatt
In an abandoned mineshaft, Pomfret Asbestos Mine, North West Province. 25 December 2002

The man washing his clothes, Fernando Augusto Luta, is a veteran of a mercenary army formed from remnants of Angola's FNLA guerrilla movement. This mercenary group was attached to South Africa's 32 Battalion, notorious for its savagery in the war against SWAPO. The boys, Augusto Mokindo, Ze Jono and Ze Ndala, are the sons of veterans. In 1992 the mercenaries and their families were granted South African citizenship and 'shelter' in the village of this remote, decommissioned asbestos mine.

This pool of water in an abandoned mineshaft is much used by thec children of Pomfret for swimming. It is almost certainly contaminated by blue asbestos fibres.

digital print on 100% cotton using pigment inks of high archival quality
57 x 56.7cm

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