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Saturday, April 16, 2016


Pietermaritzburg based photographer Dante Kemp has been selected to become a human rights activist in the most contested land in the world. For three months, he will be documenting the life of ordinary Israeli and Palestinian people through his photography, engaging with Israeli Christians, Jews, and Palestinians.

The humanitarian programme, as part of the World Council of Churches, is in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem that brings internationals to the West Bank. Since 2002, over 1,500 volunteers have come for three months to be Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs).

Dante Kemp is a community arts and culture activist. Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg to a British father and a Zulu mother, Kemp always knew he was different and had a flare for the arts from a young age. He experience has allowed him to photographically document on South Africa’s 22 years of a democratic society in a documentary called Ubuntuology. In the search for the soul of a nation, whilst campaigning for this documentary, he saw a further need to create a platform for emerging photographers, models, fashion designers and musicians.

Thus My Shot on Location, was born, which has seen 10 public events and one in Vancouver in Canada. The campaigns are for raw content for the documentary. Local businesses such as Blu Gel Hair Studios provide their skills in professional hair and make up for models for past and future photography events.

Kemp wants to understand, the reality of apartheid in the holy land, and how the perception of this word has been used in the most contested land on the planet.

He departs for the holy land on Freedom Day (April 27) in commemoration of South Africa’s freedom and returns on July 27.

Follow his journey through God’s Journal on Facebook. To view his work visit or