Patricia Kühfuss

Over twenty years after Apartheid ended, history still echos through South Africa and the results filter down to everyday life of people living in the townships. Today many black people still have to move up to 40 km every day into town to get to work, after their grandparents have been moved out of Johannesburg to the townships like Soweto to make the city center a white area. While the state's infrastructure like the metrorail break under the amount of people and crime, private minibus taxis have become one of the booming economy branches in the country. This series of set up photographs explores the unique hand signs used in Johannesburg to stop a taxi going in the right direction, which are also know as South Africa's 12th language, referring to the fact that South Africa boasts 11 official languages. By making them blend into everyday situations of Soweto, they do not only tell the story of how to get home in Johannesburg, but also show what this home looks like. Hand model: Siya Ndzonga All directions are referring to travels to/from/in Soweto.