Die lewe is nie reg vir my nie (This is not the right life for me)

Farren van Wyk

2016 - Ongoing

During Apartheid in South Africa, colored people (a term referring to people of mixed race during that period) were sent to remote and impoverished neighborhoods due to racial segregation. Criminal activities increased and as a result, groups of men took on the role of police officers.

These groups of policemen that arose during Apartheid, have evolved to groups of gangsters since then.

Schauderville is a small district in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and has the most gang-related activities. Therefore it is one of the most dangerous places in Port Elizabeth.

Farren van Wyk was born in Port Elizabeth and studied this gangster culture from inside. She discovered that there are men who step out of the gang.

What influenced them to become a gang member? What was the reason to renounce and leaves the gang? Is there a safe place to wipe the slate clean and start over again? She discovered a positive and more humane side in a district where gang wars are part of the daily life.


***This is an ongoing body of work, that is slowly extending outside of studying gang culture. It is going towards researching the fundamentals and complexity of forming ones social identity within the aftermath of an apartheid history, high crime rate, poverty and racism.This last part is in process.***

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