The N1 Highway slices South Africa North by South, from the Zimbabwean border down to Cape Town. Historically, socially and politically its 2100 kms are charged, however the road proper only appears at the front and end of the series. Between these brackets it’s presented as a series of oblique scenes which occurred on and around the road, and which attempt to give a sense of the road’s taut atmosphere. The extended captions of Sean O’ Toole, which are not aimed directly at the photographs’ material content further add to this sense.
The National Gallery of South Africa owns, and has shown, part of this series. Not yet shown in toto.
Extended captions by Sean O’Toole who is a Cape Town-based journalist and writer.
1/5 127cm by 100 cm 1/3 50 by 60 cm + 2 a/p
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