Research Students 2016

Michael B. Hammond

Philippi: A Photographic Investigation

The Philippi Horticultural Area is in essence a microcosm of the land and identity issues we experience in South Africa. It has endured decades of political, social and environmental strains, with physical and emotional scars clearly evident in the land and its people.

With a modest mobile studio, Hammond positions himself within this landscape as something of a participant observer in order to create a narrative through conversation, interaction and the juxtaposition of visual perspectives.

Through this photographic project, Hammond aims to create images that elucidate the conflicting undercurrents of violence and hope within the compromised and entangled context of environment, social identity and personal belonging.