For the project, Ziman commissioned six Zimbabwean craftsmen to produce a series of replica AK-47s, bullets, and clothing using traditional African beading and knitting techniques. He then took the guns and their creators to a derelict district of Johannesburg to photograph the results. With their rainbow-colored guns and outfits, the men appear both strong and weak, ominous and feeble. They are made to seem willing participants in, yet indifferent to, the glorification of gun violence that occurs across the African continent — and, as we know all too well, in places closer to home.
Ghosts — including the photos, ersatz guns and bullets — will go on view at C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, Los Angeles, February 8 - March 2, 2014. All proceeds will go to Human Rights Watch against arms trafficking.