Without God is an ode to domesticity in my family homes in Lusaka, Zambia. This project is a subset of a larger photo-project entitled Kunyumba, which is a Nyanja word that means “at the house” or “at home”. In Without God, I have decided to communicate the intangible and lost conversations and emotions of domesticity using objects and film footage produced in houses familiar to me. The audio in two of these visual pieces are as the filming took place. Snippets of the conversations made with Aunty Tracy as she washes clothes, with Lizzy as she peels garlic, and with Eva as she cuts onions. In the video of Blackson as he sorts onions out, there is an overlay of Eva singing a gospel song. Eva was employed in my house around the time I was born until I reached adolescence. This was the sound I would hear as child; Eva moving through the house carrying out her daily routines with this song lingering on the walls. Without God is a tribute to the unheard voices and unseen labour that have aided me in exploring my relationship with the people who split their lives between my house and theirs for sake of making a livelihood. They are home to me.
Blackson and Bernard