Cynthia Marsh

Katika Afrika is a book about a trip to Tanzania. The images and text chronicle a 14-day workshop in the Kondoa Valley bush country. Twenty-five women from the village of Mnenia set and printed (in Swahili) facts about their families on paper fabricated from the bark of local fig trees. Their stories are overlaid with text that attempts to capture the complex emotions of two American females who, while travelling through Sub Saharan Africa, come to the realisation that they are now ‘the other’. A thin typewritten timeline of journal entries is sewn to the edge of each page.

Paper fabricated from the bark of local fig trees