Orania is not located along any main route. In the barren Northern Cape, somewhere on the R369 between Hopetown and Petrusville, about 160 km from Kimberley, lies this town that has been steeped in controversy since its establishment as a nation state exclusively for white Afrikaners. It is a town of unusual combinations: a thousand white people and many thousands of pecan trees; the arid Karoo and the green banks of the Orange River; the ideology of some and the opportunism of others. The Book 'Orania' was published by Umuzi Publishers in 2014 with accompanying narratives by writer Hanlie Retief, providing a glimpse into the lives of the people who live there.
In many ways Philippi is a microcosm of land and identity issues in post-apartheid South Africa. These photographs investigate how specific historical, social and political influences mark the identities of the people who lives there.