Portraits of Domestic Workers in South Africa.
Photographs by Ian van Coller.
Doring Press, 2010. 31 pp., 27 illustrations, 17x21".
This project focuses on the intersection of post-Apartheid black and white identities via photographic portraiture of black domestic workers who work in homes owned by white South Africans. Though separated by an enormous gulf of inequality, the domestics and their employers are wedded by an intensely intimate, personal, and awkward interdependence. Interior Relations explores the discrepancies between the country’s public democratic ideals and the ongoing racial and economic inequality that affects a large majority of black South Africans. The women were dressed in their favourite clothes and photographed in the homes of their employers.