This is an ongoing body of work in which I am investigating where single mothers stand with the society. I identified single mothers as a group of women who at some point have been marginalised. What bothered me initially was the number of men who had been comfortable in having affairs outside their marriages resulting in a fair number of women raising their children alone. I believe raising a child on your own is something that deserves credit and appreciation. I feel a need to shed light on this issue because I have observed that despite the fact that these women ended up single mothers due to unfortunate circumstances they still do very well for themselves and strive to be the best mothers they can be. I photographed two single mothers for this article. I photographed Yanano Madzongo seated on the floor in her bedroom with hard light falling on her face. I wanted to portray the seriousness of what she has to do to provide for her 5 year old son whom she had when she was only 15. Yanano earns a living from part time nursing and house calls for manicures and pedicures. Both her parents passed away and she was raised by her aunt who is also a single mother. I also photographed Annie Mpalume who is an award winning photographer and has managed to raise her beautiful daughter Kayla through her hard work in the industry. I photographed her lying on her daughter’s bed as she said it’s her place of comfort and purity. The mosquito net which also looks like a veil suggests thoughts of marriage which she has often.
Caption provided by Batsirai Chigama, a prolific poet and one of Zimbabwe’s most well known Spoken Word artists. She is one of the female pioneers of the country’s modern day spoken word craft. You can see some of her work and read her blog on her personal website at www.batsiraichigama.maumbile.com.
All images taken by Kresiah Mukwazhi