Multispecies Stories from a Southern City

This project incorporates a series of three walks – along the coast (False Bay), the mountain (Silvermine Nature Reserve) and a nightwalk in the forest (Constantia) – that explore the layered relationships within Cape Town through the eyes of artists, academics, writers and activists. Based on the premise that walking and thinking are closely related and using narrative as method, we were encouraged to experience our environment through a more-than-human lens.

Multispecies storytelling looks at how we can use storytelling to reshape our knowledge of our environment, land use and the accompanying history and heritage. The project will culminate in a symposium and exhibition at the end of May 2024.

I have been drawn particularly to the stories and connections that have surfaced in relation to St James Beach, stirring up memories of the beach as a space of exclusion during apartheid, while simultaneously unearthing narratives of colonisation, enslavement and loss, community, tradition and spirituality.

Featured Image: St James Beach, Cape Town