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Stefan Smit's latest body of work was inspired by an undercurrent of optimism that swept through me in the months leading up to the 2019 national elections in my home country of South Africa. In a melting-pot of cultural diversity, with a politically tense history, young people are rightfully looking at themselves as the leaders of tomorrow - with confidence and pride. My generation of South Africans are incredibly unique in that we have been raised during an era of raising a new democracy. My peers, friends, brothers and sisters stand in positions no one in their families or communities have ever stood in before. They look to the future while they create it. Forging new paths and treading unchartered territories.