A long-term documentary book project by anthropologist and author Karen Waltorp and photographer Christian Vium.
Manenberg documents everyday life the township Manenberg outside Cape Town, with particular focus on the youth, who are trying to create a meaningful life on the margins of post-apartheid South African society.
Based on 10 months of fieldwork between 2006 and 2009, Waltorp & Vium present a book composed of photographs and edited narratives, introduced by an anthropological essay giving the reader the broader historical and political context, interspersed with four essays on the spaces the book is structured around: education, gangsterism, home and the street.
The book will be accompanied by a 58 minute documentary film which currently in the last stages of post-production.
Based on unique access the authors document how the people of Manenberg, and youth in particular, struggle to navigate an urban terrain of violence, marginalisation and poverty. Manenberg goes beyond the headlines in order to present a detailed and vivid community portrait of a complex ghetto environment which is at once particular and archetypical.
The book is intended for a broad audience, both academic and non-academic.