For one week each year, a temporary village blossoms in the desert of the Tankwa Karoo. To some, it’s home to an orgy of self-expression, psychedelics, and dancing. Beneath it lies an ethos that’s about finding new ways to solve old societal problems. At a time when we have to share an over-stretched, tightly packed planetary life support system, learning to play nicely together has never been more urgent. Curly the ’Burner went on an epic trip in search of fiery effigies, protest art, and the spirit of AfrikaBurn.

With photographs by Michael Groenewald. Images are mostly from 2015, with a few dipping back into the 2014 experience. 

CHAPTER 1 | The End

CHAPTER 2 | Blank Canvas

CHAPTER 3 | Sharing Spaces

CHAPTER 4 | The Beginning