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Kylemore

The small village of Kylemore is located in the Dwars River Valley, 10kms outside of Stellenbosch. The origins of this settlement are traced to emancipated workers (once held captive under colonial rule), who purchased their own land in this area. Kylemore is surrounded by the towering and wild Groot Drakenstein Mountain range. These mountains pronounce an eerie metaphor, as privately erected barbed wire fencing now restricts and regulates public entry and access for village residents into these natural sanctuaries. In Kylemore, as in so many other towns and villages in the Dwars River Valley, middle-class gentrification is encroaching on the historically open-plan village layout, home to lineages of established families & their relational communities. (Mural painted by Grant Jurius, a street artist and founding member of the Burning Museum Artists Collective)