Nikki Rixon

Heading to Johannesberg for the 2010 World Cup by nikkirixon1

I will be in Johannesburg for the month of June, where I will be photographing the 2010 World Cup and events surrounding it for World Press Photos & Africa Media Online.

I have also started my Tin Can Town project. Natasha was forcibly moved to Blikkiesdorp (translated as “Tin Can Town” from the  Afrikaans, and popularly known as the “dumping ground” of the Cape) after living in and around Seapoint for 15 years:

I’m glad to have a home but we are so far away from everything. We used to find our food in the rubbish bins of the residents in the area and got money from begging now there’s nothing around, we go 3 or 4 days without food. I know they are trying to tidy away Cape Town’s poor and homeless before the World Cup. We’ve been threatened if we are found back on the streets we will be locked up.


Africa Scores! Exhibition and Africa United Book Launch by nikkirixon1
Africa Scores!

Africa Scores!

My work will be featured in the Africa Scores! exhibition in Amsterdam on 11th June. The interactive exhibition hosted by TwentyTen, in cooperation with the Tropenmuseum, will portray the six African countries competing in the 2010 World Cup and exhibit a selection of material produced for the Twenty Ten project.

In addition to a large photography installation, the exhibition will be filled with content from a real-time stream from Twenty Ten journalists and from reporters from lokaalmondiaal. The Tropentheater, the café of the museum, will be converted into a sports bar during the World Cup, broadcasting many of the matches. The exhibition runs from 11 June to 22 August and will subsequently head to South Africa.

Address & opening times information for the Tropenmuseum can be found here.

Africa United Book

Africa United - The Road to Twenty Ten

Some of my images have also been published in the book Africa United: The Road to Twenty Ten, launched recently at the Amsterdam Arena. The book was edited by Stefan Verwer, Marc Broere and Chris de Bode and published by Kit Publishers. In the book, African photographers and journalists depict the role of football and its impact in Africa.

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