The Culture Crush
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A Half Built House

by Musa Nxumalo

"I want this little body of work to someday be almost like a letter to my daughter from me, even a conversation between us. Someday in the future she can look at this and say, ok, maybe this guy was crazy, but this is my family. Somehow I know this guy!"

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 "I had moved to Johannesburg from the township, but I had to go and move back into my grandmother's house in Soweto. So once again I'm surrounded by my uncles and aunts."

"I had moved to Johannesburg from the township, but I had to go and move back into my grandmother's house in Soweto. So once again I'm surrounded by my uncles and aunts."

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 "So when I was putting together these images, it was a moment when I was coming back home."

"So when I was putting together these images, it was a moment when I was coming back home."

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 "I think in the back of my mind I was preoccupied with the idea of the 'nuclear family' and at 6 o'clock we are all sitting down and having dinner together, you know?"

"I think in the back of my mind I was preoccupied with the idea of the 'nuclear family' and at 6 o'clock we are all sitting down and having dinner together, you know?"

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 "Going through old family albums, I started to be preoccupied with this idea of family. Why are my cousins and I not all together at home? So I started to photograph in my house. I called the series  Inglorious Home,  so it is at once glorious and inglorious. You know, you grow up in a certain kind of family, and you have to cope with that."

"Going through old family albums, I started to be preoccupied with this idea of family. Why are my cousins and I not all together at home? So I started to photograph in my house. I called the series Inglorious Home, so it is at once glorious and inglorious. You know, you grow up in a certain kind of family, and you have to cope with that."

 "I thought it could be great, somehow there are similarities in the work I have done with the pictures in these family albums – pictures of uncles with friends, having parties, hanging out in the streets, portraits of them dressed up really nicely, thinking of how we look, all the conventions, and of course, the typical family portraits."

"I thought it could be great, somehow there are similarities in the work I have done with the pictures in these family albums – pictures of uncles with friends, having parties, hanging out in the streets, portraits of them dressed up really nicely, thinking of how we look, all the conventions, and of course, the typical family portraits."

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 "So I kept picking up family albums, finding them on top of wardrobes, under the tablecloths, it reminded me of the great Santu Mofokeng, He had done album art, Black families that had found affluence, middle class. So as I was looking at these images of my family, immediately I thought of that project."

"So I kept picking up family albums, finding them on top of wardrobes, under the tablecloths, it reminded me of the great Santu Mofokeng, He had done album art, Black families that had found affluence, middle class. So as I was looking at these images of my family, immediately I thought of that project."

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 "When we sit down as a family now, we talk more about back then. As some of our aunts and uncles have passed away, we reminisce about them, even about arguments from the past, and people still get emotional."

"When we sit down as a family now, we talk more about back then. As some of our aunts and uncles have passed away, we reminisce about them, even about arguments from the past, and people still get emotional."

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