Twenty Journey

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Curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa

In 2014 South Africa entered its 20 years in Democracy, this moment came with the recent death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the birth of Economic Freedom Front and the National Elections. 

In the advent of The Rainbow Nation, 3 photographers travelled 24 000 kilometres over 7 months throughout South Africa in a motorhome to feel the pulse of the country.

Sipho Mpongo focused on the Born Frees, the first generation growing up out of Apartheid rule. Asking, will they allow themselves to be defined by the scars of Apartheid, or will they embrace freedom, choice and opportunity?

Wikus de Wet investigated the cultural, historical and commercial value of Land and the relationship it has to the people who inhabit the space. 

Sean Metelerkamp explored Idiosyncrasies, highlighting the absurdity of life in this magnificently puzzled country – capturing an unwilling moment, an unwarranted time and an unforgiving historical present. 

This photographic exhibition is the result of the photographers’ search for the country’s pulse, the search for The New South Africa.


Twenty began in 2014 when three South African photographers went on a mission to feel the pulse of South Africa namely consisting of Sipho Mpongo (22) from Langa, Cape Town, Wikus de Wet (25), Cape Town and Sean Metelerkamp (31) from Knysna. For six months these three photographers travelled through South Africa in a campervan. From the Mother City to Musina. The City of Gold to Oudtshoorn, Garden Route to the Eastern Cape, and across the Kalahari and more, they met and interacted with the people that inhabit this country.
Their journey and experience was presented regularly through an online visual journal consisting of audio, video and photography ( These moments and stories were/are open for all to see, share and follow through the website and social media platforms. The culmination of this expedition, using select material from the visual journal, will result in an exhibition accompanied by a catalogue. The exhibition is scheduled to open on August 18, 2015 at Commune.1 Gallery in 64 Wale Street, Cape Town under the auspice of Cape Town based award winning performance and installation artist and curator Khanyisile Mbongwa.