I retraced the route of artist-explorer Samuel Daniell, who in 1800 set out on a journey from Cape Town to Leetakoe (today Ditakong) to document the landscape. Conversations with people brought up further stories about how animals can be symbolic of a culture. Extended periods spent in rural South Africa brought me closer to understanding the complex relationship farmers have with domesticated animals. In front of the photographs, we find ourselves on the same eye level as the subjugated animals, extending their knowing gaze to us and reminding us of our uneasy dominion over them.
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