Winifrid Luena

Documentary photographer and Photojournalist
Ongeza na zako by Winifrid Luena   
Ongeza na zako
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nationality: Tanzanian
Biography: Winifrid Luena is a Tanzanian photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is interested in themes of identity, representation and history of East and South African communities. Since 2019 he started to... MORE
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Ongeza na zako
Copyright Winifrid Luena 2022
Date of Work Apr 2020 - Jun 2020
Updated Oct 2020
Topics Black and White, Covid19, Daressalaam, Documentary, Essays, Everyday life, Historical, Hope, Pandemics, Photography, Photojournalism, Reporting, Street, Tanzania
Ongeza na zako’ is a Swahili contemporary saying that poses a question on one's ability to think through an issue and come up with the response that would solve it in the most effective way based on one’s position to it. Translating to ‘contribute yours as well’ the statement affirms the necessity of collective decision making in cultures and cities operating on the margins where chaos is not a sprint but a marathon and where solutions to critical issues of health, wealth, access and security are daily practice.

These sets of photos aim to situate the everyday response of people to a critical global event by questioning biases within our understanding urgency. Each offers glimpses of a city inherently familiar with uncertainty and that is conversant without being different to the growing bank of strictures and phrases that characterize this moment. In this way the work seeks to reject a material conception of emergency and its conflation of well being and status, health and economics.
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