He Horsemen of Semonkong
From July 2 to 29, 2017, ArtCo Gallery, Germany will present He Horsemen of Semonkong by South African-based artist Thom Pierce.
In the mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa, the region of Semonkong sits at 2,275 metres above sea level in the Drakensberg mountains. The area is made up of many small villages, most of which are inaccessible by car and nestled high up in the mountains without electricity and mains water. Travel time from these villages to Semonkong, the nearest town, can be up to 4 hours and so the journey is often taken by horse. The routes are also used by the younger herd boys who move their livestock between pastures, covering great distances on their daily work routine.
In May 2016, Thom Pierce journeyed up into the mountains, along the well trodden paths, to photograph the horsemen, herders and commuters of Semonkong.
Thom Pierce was born in 1978 in Jersey. He is British photographer living in Cape Town, South Africa. His work explores the lines between art, documentary and portrait photography to engage with issues of cultural, social and historical significance. Pierce has exhibited his work extensively in major South African art galleries and has received several awards including the Piclet prize (2016) for contemporary African photography and the PDN Storytellers award (2016). His work is included in the South African National Gallery’s collection.
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