Tommy Trenchard/Panos Pictures

Cape Town, South Africa

Murals and bright colours adorn the walls of a defunct elevator lobby in Cissie Gool House, an abandoned hospital that now houses over 1,000 people in the Woodstock neighbourhood of Cape Town. During the five years of the occupation the residents have painted and decorated the space, turning it into a home for themselves and their families.

Since 2017, the Reclaim the City movement has been supporting the occupation of various abandoned buildings in central Cape Town in order to protest against gentrification and the lack of affordable housing near the city centre, and to provide a refuge for those being evicted from their homes. During the apartheid era non-white residents were forcibly removed from much of central Cape Town. Nearly three decades later the city remains chronically divided along ethnic and socio-economic lines, while South Africa remains the world's most unequal country, according to the World Bank.

Object Name
Tommy Trenchard/Panos Pictures
Cape Town
South Africa
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High Resolution
5000 x 3338 pixels
42.33 x 28.26 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.13 inch (300 dpi)
3.4 MB size on disk
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