South Africa has entered two decades of democracy in 2014. With the recent death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the 2014 National Elections, South Africa is beginning a new chapter in its history.
Has Mandela’s vision of equality in a rainbow nation been achieved?
Three South African photographers are going on a journey to explore the current state and feel the pulse of South Africa.
The ‘born frees’ make up about 40 percent of the population, and the critics among older South Africans contend that they are apathetic and apolitical, unaware of the history of the struggle that made their lives better. Will they allow themselves to be defined by the scars of apartheid, or will they embrace freedom, choice and opportunity? Taking responsibility for being exactly where you are gives you the power to be exactly where you want to be. They are the future. I will focus on the future.
Sipho Mpongo was born in the Eastern Cape in a rural village called Nqamakwe in 1993 and was raised in Langa, Cape Town.
Illiso Labantu, a local photographic mentorship programme, provided the platform for Mpongo to launch into a photographic career. Sipho has recently completed a full time course in study at the Cape Town School of Photography whilst simultaneously contributing to various photographic group shows and projects in Cape Town and internationally.
A plan was set in place at the birth of democracy to repossess land, and return it to those from whom it was taken, but it doesn’t seem that anything has been done about it. Land is still a contentious issue amongst most South Africans. My goal is to understand the relationship land has to the people who occupy it. Cultural and historical value to land in South Africa will come to the foreground.
Wikus de Wet (born 1990) is a Cape Town based freelance photographer. He graduated with a BA Applied Design degree at Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in 2011. In 2010 he was part of the Bonani Africa Documentary Photography group exhibition. During 2011 he was chosen to work on a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Tanzania where we used photography and high definition video. This project was in collaboration with Sony, World Photography Organization, AMREF, Global Fund, Large Blue and Stellenbosch Academy.
He was a participant at the Nikon NOOR Documentary Photography Masterclass that was held in Cape Town in March 2012. His project “Remaking Afrikaner Identity in a democratic South Africa” was exhibited along with other photographers in the Good Hope Gallery as part of the Cape Town Month of Photography.
In 2013 he started to work as a freelance photographer at Photo24 which provides pictures for Die Burger, Beeld, Volksblad and Rapport.
I am South African; I retain the good, the bad, the weird and the wonderful within my blood and I see the hope, superstition, desire, regret, persistence and anger of this nation. My first ten years of existence moving up and down the beautiful coastline of this country was under white rule. I recognize the problematic nature of racial realities that afflict all South Africans and have been a part of the change, before and after. Attuned to new experiences, alien to the values of the dominant society I use my tools and skills to evoke the absurdity of life in this magnificently puzzled country.
Sean Metelerkamp is from Knysna, South Arica. Born in 1984.
His video for Die Antwoord – Zef Side was exhibited in the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilboa, Venice and Berlin where it won an award for Top 25 Videos of 2010. Zef Side also won the Yellow Pencil at the D&AD awards in London for Outstanding Achievement in 2011.
Residency Unlimited hosted Sean for six months in 2011 in New York as he focused on video and photography within the new landscape. Sean’s films and photographs have been shown at festivals and exhibitions in America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Britain.
GQ Magazine has recognized Sean as one of South Africa’s ‘Top 35 Coolest Guys’ in both 2010 and 2013.
TWENTY JOURNEY ran a Kickstarter campaign from 28 May to June 26. The following people backed the project and will receive rewards according to the amount pledged. Our goal was $12000.
Thank you for supporting Twenty Journey:
Rina de Wet, Michael Matthews, Rick Joaquim, Etienne Holford, Yvette Cortez, Darien de Wet, Margaret van Steenderen, Eithwen Elphick, Verity FitzGerald, Matthew Evans, Nicolas Poole, Claude Letessier, Karolina Lejman, Lars Hiemstra, Storm Bissict, Fausto Becatti, Colin Foord, Tim Meakins, Sandra Maythem-Bailey, Deryck van Steenderen, Adam Donaghey, Niki Hall-Jones, Damaris Schmid, Michelle Serina Govender, Sue Johnson, Radio Diaries, John-Michael Metelerkamp, Megan Mitchell, Eric Miller, Francis Chapuredima, Wendy Cross, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Kimberly Worthy, Ian Clark, Ruan van Jaarsveldt, Kyle weeks, Robin Bernstein, Hylton Boucher, Wilhelm Venter, Maxine Sutton, Rene Sander, Sebas, Sean Drummond, James Matthes, Brian Holford, Samantha Nell, Cake Heyns, Wesla Weller, Lebeau Potgieter, Alet Pretorius, Good Egg, George Haddad, Peter Wachtler, Max Siedentopf, Johan Beyl, Asako Tomura, Brad Elfman, India Baird, Marjorie Schlenhoff, Monique Salomon, Jon Day, Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Joseph Porter, Akino Kondoh, Alistair Berg, Avril Metelerkamp, Michelle and Nicholas Godwin, Di Garnett, Patrick McGroarty, Emily Paul, Lara Morris, Avery Rimer, Jane Paterson, Russel, Frieda Malcolm, Elsa Deysel, Peter Koen, Tarynn Wiehahn,Bernice Weissbourd, Christopher Bisset, Wyndham Tops, Robert Dickie, Delmaine Jardine, Fly on the Wall, Alexi, Lee Dale, Dorothy Dyer, Jared Thorne, Linley Rall, James Turnbull, Jeff McLucas, Nina Mandhar, Philipa Smit, Florian Richter, Stellenbosch Academy, Sarah Matthes, Jono Terry, Adam Coretz, Jonathan David Kane, Hamish Niven, Laura Pozniak-Elphick, Isabella Partridge, Rafeeqah Galant, Echo Ledge Productions, Sandy Harris, Warren, Jozua Malherbe, Serge Dohmen, Alastair Thomas, Nathalie Angles, Alexia Webster, Katherine O’Gara, Sabrina Lee, Julian Brookstone, Grant Appleton, Annie Brookstone, Cobus Broodryk, Erika van Jaarsveldt, Leslie, Lucy Hoffman, Andrew Zuchero, Trevor Dodge, Frans de Wet, Bryan Little, Steven Harzen, Edward Lipowicz, Ruaan Uys, Willem Grobler, Lisa King, Roxy Farhat, David Morewood, Maude Murray, Zayaan Khan.