image and text by
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Isabelle lives in Dainfern, an exclusive, gated residential estate in Johannesburg. The residents of its 1000 or so homes live behind high walls, a 7.5 kilometre electric perimeter fence, silent motorized gates, and constant camera surveillance, as do many middle-class property owners in suburban Johannesburg. In 1998, 60 percent of South Africans felt safe walking around the area they live in during daylight hours. Now, it’s 25 percent.
I like it here but it’s too quiet. The electric fence is quite dangerous, so we stay away. My dad told me that birds can’t get electrocuted because they have special feet. I don’t believe him.