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Daniel Naudé (b. 1984, Cape Town) is a Cape Town based photographer. Since 2007 Naudé has focused his attention on two prolific bodies of work: Africanis and Animal Farm. Following the philosophical undertones of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, both bodies are a concise photographic record made in the pursuit of the Africanis (a feral, naturally inbred breed of dog that populates the semi-desert landscape of the Karoo). The spirit of discovery set by historic artist-explorers such as Samuel Daniell inspired Naudé to live a nomadic and expeditionary life in search of the Africanis. Naudé tells an intimate, deeply engrained socio-political story of the people and the animals that live, or once lived, alongside them within the unforgiving yet aweinspiring geography of the Karoo. The Africanis is meant to imbue a sense of irony in relation to mans dominance over the land, turning
these dogs into analogies that poeticise South Africa itself. In this Orwellian world the dialectic that connects bondage and deliverance becomes apparent, where humans exist alongside domesticated animals in opposition to the feral, migrant dogs. This milieu of the domestic, wild and civilised questions mankind’s trivial grasp over nature and the land, and the manner in which history has been constructed accordingly. In a country still dealing with the memory of Apartheid, Naudé’s photographs call for reconciliation. At this juncture the Africanis, with its disparate and composite heritage, serves as a token of dissent and descent. Naudé surveys the South African landscape, cataloguing its now untamable canine inhabitants, comparing them to their once domesticated past – a backdrop that plagued them and still haunts
A catalogue detailing the works and artists included in the third iJusi portfolio, curated by Pieter Hugo.