Sometimes I Make Money One Day of the week

Lisa King

 

Synopsis

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) was, until its recent digitisation, one of the last remaining manual call-over stock exchanges in the world. It was a contradictory and anachronistic place, in which, each day for 45 minutes, 20 traders haggled across wooden desks, dealing mainly in agricultural and mineral commodities. The ZSE seemed to have been left behind by the rest of the world, but some argue that its traders are the unsung heroes of the Zimbabwean economy who can be credited with keeping things afloat during the extraordinary years of hyperinflation. Lisa King made photographs in the ZSE from 2011 till its migration to digital technology in 2014. Her project is a reflection on the physical and symbolic space that it occupies in Zimbabwe. It is also a portrait of the people who participated in this rare form of exchange.

Review

Sometimes I Make Money One Day of the Week documents a slice of history, and its quiet images of unharried trading, vintage office furniture and quaint ledgers preserves these relics like objects in a museum. - Holly Stuart Hughes, Photo District News

Author

Lisa King was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1980. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Film, Visual and Media Studies.