Made in translation - images from and of the landscape

Paintings and engravings are everywhere in the southern African landscape. They are scratched into the surfaces of the dolerite boulders of the central plains; carved into the rock banks of hill-top waterholes; painted onto the shelters of the mountains in the east and west, and buried in the graves of those who once understood their meanings. They are the creative expressions of ideas that were once alive in the conversations around the campfire and in the rites of passage that marked the milestones of human life. Today these paintings and engravings have become sources of great longing, their meanings multifarious, elusive, contingent; the impulses that gave rise to them often hotly debated and argued.

Listen to Ukuthula, an African lullaby song in the midst of the sounds of nature.

Listen to Horizons by Peter Louis van Dijk. Both pieces performed by the University of Cape Town Choir, conducted by John Woodland.

Listen to the story The Eland Man, as told by Kapilolo Mahongo in !kun, introduced and translated by Marlene Winberg.


images from the exhibition

(all photos courtesy Iziko South African Museum)