Edward West traveled to South Africa in the early 1990s after apartheid was abolished. He visited the country's communities of color—townships and squatter camps—places outside and invisible to urban centers, where South Africans of color had been forced to live. There, the artist created his series Casting Shadows, photographs depicting the lives of black South Africans during the new period of societal transformation. West also captures the rich polyglot nature of South African society in the works’ titles, which incorporate four of the country's eleven official languages.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.