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Metropolitan Nomads - A Journey through Joburg's Little Mogadishu

Salym Fayad | Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Mayfair, Johannesburg

The lives of hundreds of Somalis intersect in the suburb of Mayfair in Johannesburg. A space of opportunity, of refuge, and a home for the Somali diaspora in the city. A multi-layered site where Somali migrants, as urban refugees, renegotiate cultural practices in a foreign, and occasionally hostile, metropolitan context, where spaces and customs that were left behind are recreated in the daily life of the neighbourhood.

Metropolitan Nomads takes an intimate look at the everyday life of Somali migrants in Johannesburg, where collective stories of migration and survival interweave with the individual desires and hopes of seeking a better life outside a country shattered by decades of internal conflict.

Metropolitan Nomads: A Journey through Joburg’s Little Mogadishu is a collaborative project between documentary photographer Salym Fayad and researcher Nereida Ripero-Muñiz, supported by the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) and Method: Visual: Explore (MoVE) at Wits University in Johannesburg.

Abstract by Nereida Ripero-Muñiz

Researcher Nereida Ripero-Muñiz, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), and Method: Visual: Explore (MoVE) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Mayfair: A Somali Island In Johannesburg", by Nereida Ripero-Muniz, for ITCH Journal: http://www.itch.co.za/writing/mayfair-gallery

Exhibition review on African Independent: http://www.africanindy.com/chillout/joburgs-little-mogadishu-1267133/


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