Coming of age for Swazi girls is tough. In Swaziland, a tiny African nation of one million, the tradition of polygamy and a relaxed attitude toward sexuality have proven to be a devastating combination for women. Swaziland reports the highest percentage of HIV positive citizens of any country in the world. The hardest hit are young women, and over the last ten years, life expectancy has dropped from 61 to almost 31 years. Since 2006, Krisanne Johnson has been documenting the coming of age rites of young women living amidst the HIV/AIDS epidemic, extending the work to include modern youth culture and an intimate look inside the homes of HIV-positive women.
Exhibition coproduced by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation.