Orania

Orania, for those who are not familiar, is a controversial Afrikaner community in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The land was bought in 1990 as a stronghold for Afrikaner nationalists by Professor Carel Boshoff, son-in-law of the infamous former apartheid president Hendrik Verwoerd. Only Afrikaans individuals are allowed to live and work there, which has understandably led to a great deal of criticism about racism, separatism, and a revival of the apartheid system.

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Commercial photographer Michael Hammond, in collaboration with journalist Hanlie Retief, have created a book that documents the life and inhabitants of this small Afrikaner enclave. The images are fascinating and slightly unsettling to look at, particularly given the loaded history that they carry.

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