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This project was successfully funded on June 26, 2014.

Three photographers on a journey to explore South Africa.

About this project

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. 

Points of interest that will determine the route.
Points of interest that will determine the route.

For four months these three photographers will travel through South Africa in a camper van. They will be meeting and interacting with the people that inhabit this country while focusing on their respective visual interests.

The three journeymen (Wikus, Sean and Sipho) and the camper van of destiny.
The three journeymen (Wikus, Sean and Sipho) and the camper van of destiny.

The Photographers:

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   Website and Biography.

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  Website and Biography.

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    Website and Biography.

Why Twenty Journey is important:

Professor and artist, Jane Alexander, responded to the project as follows:

I believe that their proposal to embark on this journey could result in an important collection of images and information that will allow those who engage with it to reflect on the particularities of our history and very complex, exceptional, troubled and but also marvelous social life, and gain a better understanding of where and who we are in the interests of being more informed, tolerant and generous. I strongly believe the youth are very well suited for such a task, and that these three individuals are more than capable.

I find the group's proposal to include the use of social media to update the project regularly throughout the journey very apposite with the potential to engage a following audience where the gains are in being able to track the project regularly in order to have an immediate understanding of the social environment being encountered and what, if anything, binds different aspects of it together. I consider the varied backgrounds and interests of these three individuals important with the potential to develop a very dynamic project.

This is a significant year and marker in our history for a project like this. The photographers are skilled, enthusiastic, excited and energetic, and I strongly support their proposal. I hope the project will receive your favorable support.

Sincerely,

Jane Alexander

The presentation of the Twenty Journey:

Our journey and experiences will be presented regularly through an online visual journal consisting of audio, video and photography. These moments and stories will be open for all to see, share and follow through the website and social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

Follow us through the Online visual journal. Each location visited will be geotagged on the map with a complimentary story from either of the photographers.
Follow us through the Online visual journal. Each location visited will be geotagged on the map with a complimentary story from either of the photographers.

Sharing Stories:

One of the most exciting aspects of the journey will be the invitation of fellow storytellers onto the campervan for a number of days. These storytellers will have the opportunity to share their take on the topic of twenty years of democracy whether it is through photographs, music, poetry, drawing, dance etc. It is up to our discretion as to who we invite and is by no means a free for all. We share their process with the world. Truly authentic South African stories.

The culmination of this expedition, using select material from the visual journal, will result in an exhibition, which is scheduled for January 2015 at Commune1 Gallery in 64 Wale Street, Cape Town. 

Khanyisile Mbongwa, a performative installation artist and curator, is part of Twenty Journey from a curatorial perspective. When we embark on our journey, she will curate every mile until the work is exhibited.

What Kickstarter will cover:

The money you pledge will be spent on food, fuel, accommodation fees at caravan parks, internet usage for uploading content to the online visual journal... not to mention the rewards.

An important note about shipping of the rewards: Shipping outside of South Africa can become a costly affair. Please take note in the rewards section as to how many $'s you should add in order to ensure the reward gets shipped to you wherever you are in the world. 

A few of the Reward examples:

Take note that these form PART of the respective rewards. All of the items below come with more rewards.

Part of the $25 reward is: Photo (4x6 inches) from one of the three photographers, with Twenty Journey stamp on the back.
Part of the $25 reward is: Photo (4x6 inches) from one of the three photographers, with Twenty Journey stamp on the back.

 

Part of the $50 reward is: A4 Booklet (approximately 60 pages) consisting of photographs, journal entries and other weird and wonderful paraphernalia we discover on the journey. Designed by Hanno van Zyl.
Part of the $50 reward is: A4 Booklet (approximately 60 pages) consisting of photographs, journal entries and other weird and wonderful paraphernalia we discover on the journey. Designed by Hanno van Zyl.

 

Part of the $250 reward is: Signed one of a kind instant film Fujifilm Instax 2.4 x 3.8 inches from each of the three photographers.
Part of the $250 reward is: Signed one of a kind instant film Fujifilm Instax 2.4 x 3.8 inches from each of the three photographers.

 

Part of the $500 reward is: A3 Limited edition unframed print on Hahnumuhle Photo Rag 308gsm. (choose from one of the three photographers). Example shown here for size reference.
Part of the $500 reward is: A3 Limited edition unframed print on Hahnumuhle Photo Rag 308gsm. (choose from one of the three photographers). Example shown here for size reference.

Press thus far:

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsors thus far:

 

Without Borscht's help this Kickstarter campaign would not be possible. 

 

Orms Pro Photo Warehouse are sponsoring the printing of forty five A2 Hahnumuhle Photo Rag 308gsm prints for our first exhibition.

 

GoPro has sponsored five Hero3+ Black edition HD cameras and accessories such as head strap, chest strap, lang arm and more.

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Thank you to Bryan Little from Fly on the Wall for help with the video and The Brother Moves On for the use of their song 'sikelela' in the video.

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Thanks/eNkosi/Dankie!

Sean, Sipho and Wikus.

Risks and challenges

South Africa is the original Wild West. There is no escaping the reputation of a dangerous destination due to high crime rates.
Being on the road for four months crossing through different cultural borders, (we have eleven official languages!), will have its challenges as we have discovered in our previous photographic trips.
Our equipment is insured and all our content will be uploaded to hard drives as well as Dropbox for back ups.
At the end of the day, we will continue creating on the journey no matter what happens. We see these risks and challenges as part of the process in this type of project.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    13 backers

    Digital thank you photo card as well as your name in a 'Thank you' section on our Online Visual Journal and Facebook.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    7 backers

    GoPro video message from an impressive area in South Africa featuring Sean, Sipho and Wikus and whatever other crazy creature or person they encounter. (plus the $10 reward.)

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    Pledge $25 or more

    26 backers

    Photo (4 x 6 inches) sent during journey with the Twenty Journey stamp on the back (you have the option of choosing from one of the three photographers). (plus the $15 reward).

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    Pledge $50 or more

    42 backers

    A4 Booklet (approximately 60 pages) consisting of photographs, journal entries and other weird and wonderful paraphernalia we discover on the journey. (plus the $15 reward). IMPORTANT: Shipping within South Africa is free. Anywhere outside of South Africa, please add $15 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
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    Pledge $100 or more

    10 backers

    A4 Booklet as above.

    And a personalised letter to you from each of the three photographers describing an experience they encountered that day. The letters will be sent during the journey. (plus the $15 reward). IMPORTANT: Shipping within South Africa is free. Anywhere outside of South Africa, please add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $250 or more

    4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)

    A4 Booklet and personalised letter as above. And a signed one of a kind instant film Fujifilm Instax 2.4 x 3.8 inches, from each of the three photographers. And a Skype video call. (plus the $15 reward). IMPORTANT: Shipping within South Africa is free. Anywhere outside of South Africa, please add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    A4 Booklet, personalised letter, a signed one of a kind instant film Fujifilm Instax 2.4 x 3.8 inches from each of the three photographers, and a Skype call. And an A3 Limited edition unframed print on Hahnumuhle Photo Rag 308gsm. (choose from one of the three photographers). (plus the $15 reward). IMPORTANT: Shipping within South Africa is free. Anywhere outside of South Africa, please add $25 for shipping.

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    Pledge $750 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    A4 Booklet, personalised letter, a signed one of a kind instant film Fujifilm Instax 2.4 x 3.8 inches from each of the three photographers, Skype Call and an A3 Limited edition print. AND join the Twenty Journey for a maximum of four days (does not include traveling fees to South Africa.) Come and experience this magical country with the three journeymen. Watch them work, work with them or simply share stories by the fire at night.(plus the $15 reward). IMPORTANT: Shipping within South Africa is free. Anywhere outside of South Africa, please add $25 for shipping. (plus the $15 reward).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (29 days)