The photographic series, “Working girls II” (2008) depicts the daily lives of the prostitutes who service a growing urban population in Ethiopia. But, these are not sentimental images of human suffering. Instead each photograph highlights the secret gestures of the protagonists by making less visible that which we take for granted. What is revealed are hidden moments of human solidarity and humour. And yet the political-economy of the gesture never disappears. Here we have a document that stands between the poetic and the political. What is suggested are the new forms of gesticulation that are a consequence of changing modes of survival and destitution.