The images were captured in the township of Dunoon, were about 30.000 people live at the doorsteps of Cape Town.
The project was inspired by a group of urban weavers who besides making baskets and bags are also Sangomas.
In the South African culture are those who practice the cult of the ancestor worship, and with magic rituals and traditional medicine are able to heal others.
Fiscaletti worked at the edge of reality and the representation of reality. His relationship with the women of this community has enabled him to construct some of these images in a way that reveals the hidden aspects of this reality. The reality of the place moves between the isolation of the cult of the Sangomas (and the burden that this brings upon each of them) and the importance of their relationship with one another and within their community. The daily solitary practice of this cult, can be at times very demanding, and researching angles, background, surfaces, and evocative details Fiscaletti tried to represent the inner life of these people. In some of the photographs, characters join the subjects in the scenes that we don’t entirely understand why they are there. They don’t directly interact with the Sangomas but we can perceive that they play a role.The inclusion or exclusion of some characters is as if it becomes a way to shed light on the ancestral presence, which we cannot see.
Tommaso Fiscaletti (1981) was born in Cattolica (RN) Italy, he comes from Pesaro.
He lives between Cape Town and Milan, working with photography and Video.
In 2001 he started to create projects between North Africa and Eastern Europe, working constantly in studio as well. Both experiences will be decisive for his later approach to photography.
His works stems from the will of telling the Man about existential subjects, such as family relationships, the memory and the connection with the nature.
Since 2004 his work has been exhibited on publics, privates galleries and institutions, in Italy and abroad, obtaining several rewards.