Sally Low
Sally was born in Cape Town where she started her career taking pictures for music magazines photographing acts such as U2, Rodriguez and The Prodigy. After moving to the UK she began working in the film industry whilst working simultaneously on photographic projects concerned with social justice and the environment. In the last few years she has worked on projects in Russia, Wales, Poland, South Africa, Japan and Romania.
The Cape Town plot of land known as ERF81 is an anomaly: an inner city settlement and farm on an abandoned military base, situated on prime real estate nestled between the tourist icon of Table Mountain and gentrified Signal Hill. In this interstitial space an eccentric family of sorts has put down roots and defends it’s space against gentrification’s advance. The residents of ERF81 have been under the threat of eviction for a number of years and this is a story that is universal; urban spaces unique in their character and endeavours are being sought out by individuals or companies who do not see past a monetary value. If ERF81 is lost we will lose much more than just an inner city settlement with a few families being removed. The wider community will also lose a valuable space where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, a place where individuals are able to reconnect with nature and to heal themselves, offering both the advantaged and disadvantaged the chance be a part of something unique. The intrinsic value of this parcel of land should not be measured in economic terms that will ultimately only benefit the few, but rather it should be valued for the benefits and opportunities the space and its residents provide to the greater community and to the city of Cape Town itself.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.