Simon Fidelis Luyenga

Photographer/UPPA
     
Boxing Club
Location: Southern Highlands
Nationality: Tanzania
Biography: Simon Fidelis Luyenga is a Tanzanian born independent photojournalist and documentary photographer; his work has been featured in publications including Suddeutsche Zeitung, Mail & Guardian, Die Zeit, Rinse and exhibited in Galleries. In 2018... MORE
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Boxing Club
Copyright Simon Fidelis Luyenga 2022
Updated Feb 2021
Topics Action, Documentary, Essays, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Sports, Street

Hillbrow Boxing Club is a photo essay that tends to illuminates security and insecurity of Hillbrow , while looking at the historical background of the neighborhood and its given aesthetics.


Hillbrow is residential neighborhood located on the north of Johannesburg, it is known of being Joburg most notorious suburb. On the corner of Claim and Petersen Street, is where, Hillbrow Boxing Club is standing.A community fitness and entertainment space, it once used to be a garage (Gas station) in 2000 the garage was closed and the building was hijacked by the gang. Then early 2005 George Khosi the former professional boxer, decided to give back to the community by opening a boxing club and a gym.


The training space accommodates male and female young and older. The place is not just a meeting place of fitness it also host entertainment-boxing tournaments on weekends mostly Saturday, where the community comes to watch the tournament for free. Children's are trained for free twice a month.


Aim interested of Hillbrow suburb as the landscape with enclosure of many entertainment space, however Hillbrow Boxing club has become not just a meeting place of fitness but also a place of entertainment and learning spot for children and adult. Where most trainees are interested of boxing as a modern tool of self-defensing protecting themselves from gang related situations in a personal level.   



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