The Mountain Kingdom | Exhibition Lee-Ann Olwage
The Mountain Kingdom – High above the clouds in a magical place where mountains pierce the heavens there is a place so remote and breathtakingly beautiful known as The Mountain Kingdom. The Maloti mountains is a place where gods and mythical beasts roam and men are kings cloaked in heavy colourful blankets telling stories of the land. Known as the Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is a high-altitude, landlocked country encircled by South Africa and affectionately known as The Roof of Africa. Most areas are so remote and can only be reached on foot or horseback. Here young shepherds roam the mountains, living semi nomadic lives tending to their cattle in the rural mountainsides. Most of the Basotho shepherds are often accompanied by dogs which help them in their shepherding and to protect their livestock from predators. Racing in the mist, Lesotho’s mountain jockeys form part of a century old tradition of horse racing in the mountains. The horse first came to Lesotho with European settlers in the 19th century and the local pride, the “Basuto pony”, is the result of crossbreeding over time. Don’t be fooled by it’s name the ponies are of medium size and known for their endurance, making excellent race horses. Locals still use them to herd sheep and goats or for everyday transport as some villages are accessible only on horseback. Shrouded in myth and mystery, these mountains are home to a unique community and filled with stories rich in tradition and history.
When & Where
October 6, 2023 (6:30 pm) – October 15, 2023 (8:00 pm)
Carturesti Carousel (55, Lipscani Street)
Lee-Ann Olwage is a visual storyteller from South Africa who uses collaborative storytelling to explore themes relating to gender and identity. She is interested in using the medium of photography as a mode of co- creation and celebration. With her long term projects, she aims to create a space where people she collaborates with can play an active part in the creation of images they feel tells their stories in a way that is affirming and celebratory. Notable awards include a World Press Photo Award, 2020 & 2023, Sony World Photography Awards, 2023, Winner of This Is Gender, 2021, Pride Photo Award, 2021, CAP Prize winner, 2022, Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award shortlist, 2021+2022, International Photography Awards Honorable Mention, 2020 and selected for The New York Times Portfolio Review 2022.