Security logics have much influence on public discourse and policy-making, yet evade easy representation. How can security practices be visualized? This selection of photos taken on fieldwork attempts to highlight some aspects of urban security production, as engaged by different state and non-state actors.
Marrakech: The Moroccan city is secured by different strategies, ranging from high-tech governmental surveillance along New Town avenues, and strong police presence in public space to low-tech and plain cloth security personnel in the Médina. The images shown were taken during a research stay at Université Cadi Ayyad de Marrakech in late 2016-early 2017.
Kathmandu: The sprawling Nepali capital city faces tremendous challenges in terms of water and electricity supply, structural building resilience and road security. It also features a poorly equipped and trained security apparatus, defunct security technologies, and an ineffective and highly politicized public administration. The photos and interviews shown were taken in late 2017, when a Visiting Professor at Kathmandu School of Law.
Cape Flats: Southeast of Cape Town’s central business district, Apartheid-era townships house hundred of thousands urban dwellers. The poverty stricken communities live with poor access to basic infrastructures – water, electricity, transportation, education, health -, and struggle with pervasive gang violence. Photos taken during ETH Zürich Winter School in early 2018.