21 Icons of the fu­ture

CityPress - - Trending - GUGULETHU MHLUNGU gugulethu.mhlungu@city­press.co.za

The 21 Icons pho­tog­ra­phy and doc­u­men­tary se­ries, inspired by late for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela, is re­turn­ing for a third sea­son, start­ing tonight. The new sea­son, called The Fu­ture Of A Na­tion, has a fresh di­rec­tion and younger fo­cus.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, this year’s por­traits are be­ing shot in colour and not by the found­ing pho­tog­ra­pher, Adrian Steirn, but by the first two sea­sons’ be­hind-the-scenes pho­tog­ra­pher, Gary Van Wyk.

In the past, Van Wyk was a vi­tal part of the 21 Icons pro­ject’s cam­era work, vis­ually record­ing the nu­ances and in­ti­mate mo­ments of each shoot in his dis­tinc­tive doc­u­men­tary style.

He and Steirn have in ef­fect swapped places and Steirn now cap­tures the be­hind-the-scenes im­ages.

Says Steirn: “We’ve got a young South African pho­tog­ra­pher shoot­ing the best of young South Africa. There is some­thing beau­ti­ful about that.”

In the promo video for the new sea­son, Van Wyk ex­plains that “us­ing colour sig­ni­fies that it’s about the present and mov­ing into the fu­ture. There’s go­ing to be a new energy.”

The main new fo­cus for this year’s sea­son sees the 21 icons be­ing young peo­ple, all un­der the age of 35, who have been iden­ti­fied as the new gen­er­a­tion of icons. The sea­son kicks off with 2014 Stan­dard Bank Young Artist Award win­ner AthiPa­tra Ruga talk­ing to Van Wyk at his stu­dio in Wood­stock about his work, the im­por­tance of us­ing his body to com­mu­ni­cate his sto­ries and his belief that unity can be achieved through dis­rup­tive art.

Sea­son 3 de­buts tonight and will be broad­cast for a fur­ther 20 weeks, with a short film screened ev­ery Sun­day on SABC3

at 7.27pm


SELF-EX­PRES­SION 21 Icons’ third sea­son fea­tures fu­ture icon Athi-Pa­tra Ruga

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