The Snake Eagle Thinking Path near Matjiesfontein, South Africa, by Anni Snyman and the Site_Specific Collective of artists and volunteers. This Karoo geoglyph can be seen on Google Earth at these co-ordinates: -33.229778, 20.578060
A site intervention by katty vandenberghe commemorating all the genocides and atrocities that took place across the African continent due to slavery, colonialism, and apartheid. Southern Africa has experienced some of the worst atrocities, like the British Anglo-Boer war concentration camps, the Namibian Herero and Nama genocides, Germany's first Namibian extermination camps, and an apartheid system we are still wrestling with. This intervention represents a series of disintegrating skulls.
Intervention (dragon) by Western Cape Land Art co-founder Janet Ranson. Janet used turn of the 20th century glass fragments found on site. The Snake Eagle Thinking Path is on a heritage site. This means that artists are not allowed to remove materials from site, but by invitation they are allowed to use the material for interventions that are not destructive, invasive, and complement the characteristics of the site. katty vandenberghe
Site_Specific's co-founder and international biennale curator, Strijdom van der Merwe, has visited and worked on the site on several trips. This time around he came to make his own interventions around the Snake Eagle Thinking Path. katty vandenberghe
Ingrid Schöfmann (left) joined the Site_Specific team on our previous visit to Matjiesfontein, helping us out with all our signage needs on this next trip. Meals become an important social ritual of getting to know each other, along with a decent collection of beverages and snacks. With Ingrid is Janet Botes of the Western Cape Land Art group, a Site_Specific team member that has been with us since its inception. katty vandenberghe
Due to the wet conditions, our lime discs would capture footprints of animals walking over them. We suspect this is a small dog from the Matjiesfontein community. Matjiesfonteins' dogs are allowed to walk freely and follow their humans around town, sometimes following them to work. Other animals identified on site through their droppings, footprints, or sightings include wild rabbits, tortoises, small antelope, porcupines, jackals and other smaller mammals. katty vandenberghe
A new member joins the Site_Specific team in Matjiesfontein - Mirella Bandini at the Lord Milner Hotel pub with PC van Rensburg, Alnick the barman and a hotel staff member in his period uniform. PC takes it upon himself to initiate new team members into the project, especially if there's rain and nothing else to do but visit the pub. After four trips to Matjiesfontein, PC and Alnick are well acquainted, renaming that corner of the pub the Snake Eagle Thinking Path corner. katty vandenberghe