Irene postcard by Maaike Bakker
Irene postcard by Maaike Bakker
Irene postcard by Maaike Bakker

Irene postcard by Maaike Bakker

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Home Town postcard of Irene (Pretoria), South Africa.

Illustration by Maaike Bakker

High quality print on Mohawk Superfine 324gsm.
Size: 105 x 148mm (A6)

'My postcard is based on the suburb where I live called ‘Irene’. Irene was established as a concentration camp in 1901 as part of the Anglo Boer war. There are still many traces of this history that can be found around the suburb. A graveyard with flowers and trees is still one of its main features. The graves are neat and well-kept and people still leave flowers on them when passing through whilst walking their dogs, or when grabbing a coffee from the closely positioned coffee hatch that I also frequently visit. Less than 100m from the graveyard is ‘The Oval’. The Oval was established to foster “good morale” and served as a cricket pitch for the ‘residents’ of the camps during the wartime. Today people gather at the Oval to meet up with other locals, to let their dogs run free or to get some fresh air. It always amazes me how these two sites (oval and cemetery) that I referenced in my postcard are burdened by such a heavy history, yet today these spots offer me as well as many others a sense of lightness and leisure at the end of each day.' - Maaike

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