Second Wave

Between 2006-16, I turned my gaze on a family of children in Chango Bigavu, a remote village in Rakai, Uganda. For five two-month periods, I found myself completely absorbed in these children's worlds--and their child-headed households. We attended school, gardened, 'swam,' and foraged together for both fruit and insects. I grieved vicariously, while documenting what it feels like to be a child in the original epicenter of the AIDS pandemic. The result is a long-term body of work that is in a mature stage of development.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2013. Agnes, 9, washing dishes.
(Top image: UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. Eddie, 10, after being tested for HIV.)

UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. Primary school student pointing to numbers on a chalkboard.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2006. A young girl grasping the door’s padlock with her hand.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. Grace, 15, and Scovia, 12, running.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. James, 12, 'swimming.'

UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. Molly, 14, James, 12, and Jacque, 4, waiting their turn to bathe. They lie on their mattress, put in the sun to dry.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2013. Eddie, 14, and James, 16, shooting pool.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. Helen and Molly, 14, and Eddie, 10, playing with string.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2006. Helen, 12, sitting in a tree. Her brother, Eddie, 8, swinging on a rope below her.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2008. Molly, 14, playing a game with dried fruit.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2009. Dennis, 11, standing atop termite mound.

UGANDA. 2008. Primary school student sharing edible ants.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2012. Jacque, 8, playing football.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2013. Helen, 18, grooming.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2013. Eddie, 14, and James, 16, adjusting antenna to receive radio signal.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2006. Helen and Molly, 12, digging the soil in which they will grow sweet potatoes.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2011. Scovia, 14, foraging for mangoes.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2012. Silver fish.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2014. Eddie, 16, carrying kid.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2010. James, 14, standing on his head.

UGANDA. Rakai. 2011. Fahad, 7, lying on his mother’s grave.