the Bush Is Coming Back


The re-privatisation of Zambia's copper sector in 1997 marked the end of a paternalistic era in the mine towns of the Copperbelt. From the beginnings of industrial mining under corporate colonialism in the late 1920s to the state-owned company Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) in the 1980s and 1990s, the mines as a place of work and life had resembled a total social institution.

Social control over mineworkers and their families was exercised from the depth of the mine shaft to every corner of the mine house. At the same time, the infrastructures extending from the mines and the economic privileges granted to mineworkers first cemented racial segregation in Northern Rhodesia and later the distance between mineworkers and other parts of the Zambian labour force.


Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Since my father taught me how to pronounce "Multispektralkamera" as a toddler, I am interested in photography. Always with my camera at hand, I attempt to submerge into the world around me.


Online Companion Continuous Revolution

I have been very active in several fields in the past comprising voluntary service in the social field, team and project management in the IT sector, independent web projects in digital humanities and talks/workshops on China-Africa relations.


Welcome to Half China

My PhD project began with a trip to Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2011 and the cover picture taken by Thomas Lekfeldt on the 2011 Human Rights Watch Report "You'll Be Fired If You Refuse". I wanted to know for myself what Sino-African relations were like on the ground.