Twenty years on from Nelson Mandela’s election as the first President of the new democracy of South Africa, and for those born within the curly braces of democracy, The Born-Frees, things were expected to be radically different. A more integrated society, mitigated socio-economic disparity and abounding opportunity.
Two decades later, three photographers are using a camper van and Kickstarter to explore the issues of the Born-Frees, the extent and effectiveness of land redistribution and the weird fears and joys of the variegated people of South Africa. The journey will last six months, taking in all corners of the nation and documenting the progression of it’s peoples out from a difficult history.
The youngest of the three photographers running the project, Sipho Mpongo, says:
‘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’.