What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
I was making pictures in South Africa and exhibiting all over the place.
Can you tell us about the special circumstances that brought you to us?
Yah, through winning Fabrica's FFF photo competition for under 25 years old, I have been offered a one year scholarship. So I didn't have the pleasure of a trial.
Where did you shoot those pictures?
I did them in three different jails in South Africa. In 2004 there was a constitutional court case about whether prisoners can vote or not. It was a very important, landmark judgment in a country where most of our current political leaders have been incarcerated in the past. This lead me to a long sustained interest in humen rights, incarceration, justice and crime in South Africa.
What's your first impression of Fabrica?
Beautiful building, beautiful people, too clean.
What do you expect to learn here?
I hope to make better work, to make many big creative arguments, to make friends.
What will you miss from Capetown?
Please can you all finish Colors quickly, so I have somebody to have drinks with.
I agree on that. Here is Mikhael's website: www.imagesby.com