JIM NAUGHTEN: MOUNTAINS OF KONG

13 Sep - 21 Oct 2017
  • The Mountains of Kong: The Majestic West African Range That Never Existed

    The Mountains of Kong: The Majestic West African Range That Never Existed

    SHAUNACY FERRO, Mental Floss September 18, 2017

    If you look closely at a 19th century map of Africa, you’ll notice one major way that it differs from contemporary maps, one that has nothing to do with changing political or cartographical styles. More likely than not, it features a mountain range that no longer appears on modern maps, as WIRED explains. Because it never existed in the first place.

    Read More
  • Mountains of the Mind

    Mountains of the Mind

    The Telegraph, print September 16, 2017

    The Mountains of Kong, says Naughten, are “an example of the way we invent and tell stories, but on a massive scale. I thought: if I could go back in time and do anything, I would have been one of the photographers who went on those expeditions and brought back pictures of the amazing things they found. So I imagined I had done just that.”

     

     

    Read more
  • The Fake Mountain Range That Appeared on Maps for a Century

    The Fake Mountain Range That Appeared on Maps for a Century

    LAURA MALLONEE, WIRED September 13, 2017

    THE MOUNTAINS OF KONG form a magnificent, impassable mountain range in West Africa. It's not real. But that didn't stop 19th-century writers from waxing poetic about its formidable, snow-capped peaks. Or illustrious cartographers from including it in historical maps. Or Jim Naughten from photographing it...

     

     

    READ MORE
  • Imagining the Fictional Mountains of Kong

    Imagining the Fictional Mountains of Kong

    PND September 12, 2017

    Jim Naughten’s series “Mountains of Kong,” on view at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London until October 21, imagines the flora, fauna and terrain of an African mountain range that never existed. The Mountains of Kong, running East and West across central West Africa, first appeared on a 1798 map created by an English cartographer. In the 1880s, French explorers found that the mountains did not exist, but the range has been included in subsequent maps well into the twentieth century.

    read more
  • Mountains of Kong: a dazzling world that never was

    Mountains of Kong: a dazzling world that never was

    Lucy Davies , The Telegraph September 12, 2017

    Say it’s the 1800s, and you’re a rich sort of gent, spending the evening at your London club. In the fug of cigar smoke, you unroll a crisp new map of Africa, the “dark” continent whose uncharted interior has all of England in a frenzy. Armchair exploring is all the rage, and here, in front of you, is evidence of the latest discovery: a vast range of peaks and ridges stretching east to west across Africa’s middle – the mighty Mountains of Kong.

    Read More