ZAMAZAMA4LIFE

Over the past three years, photographer Dean Hutton has chronicled parts of the above-ground lives of Zama Zamas, documenting the fractured nature of their work and their nominal family lives. Her style has moved away from a reportage style to make work that is more personal. This ongoing project into the lives of the Zama Zamas considers their immersion underground as illegal miners and their inability to access signifiers of time passing, such as seasons, the movement of the sun, as a form of suppression against their basic human rights. The work reveals the psychic toll on the bodies of the Zama Zamas and broaches the question, what happens to the body, when the body is held in suspended animation?