The Couch Farm


(From the upcoming 4xAfrica show at Rayko SF. Click on the image for a larger version.)

Kitwe, Zambia, 2010.

You can buy a lot of stuff on the side of the road: newspapers, cellphone chargers, occasionally auto parts. When I was last in South Africa, hawkers kept handing me flyers for “Dr. Mamba,” a traditional healer who promises cures for all ailments–monetary, psychic, or sexual. In Zambia, I came across this outdoor furniture market on the outskirts of Kitwe, a rough mining town near the Congo border. Rows of couches stretched to the horizon.