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Vespa Island

Contracted work is often confidential. So we decided to invest our resources into a non-commissioned piece that we can use to train our senses, grow as a studio and share with the world. — We started with a minor observation that had been occupying our minds. It grew into an investigative research project that brought our field researcher Sebastian Weida to the fringes of Zanzibar and us at home to the edges of our seats. And we learnt how an Italian motorcycle brand links both to neo-colonialism and female empowerment.

“Old is good,” he says, “because you can still fix that.”

“Do you really want a Vespa?” He asked me. “Seriously they are for old men,”

When in Rome…

“The Vespa is perfect for this island,”

“Wednesday is red bowtie day.”

“The Vespa,” he explains, “belongs to Zanzibar. It stands for the many influences: Italian, Indian, Tanzanian, international.“

Wanu with her Vespa

“Sure, I don’t have a driver’s license.”

Multi-modal transport
Special thanks to Johnson who has been our fixer on site.



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