In early July 2020, alumnus and 2019 Tierney fellow, Thero Makepe, was a finalist in the Blurring the Lines international student competition. Thero, who completed his studies in 2019, was one of five students nominated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
For the fifth edition of Blurring the Lines, 151 very high-quality projects were received coming from 38 participating photography schools worldwide. This call aimed to select, exhibit, and publish projects representing the rapidly changing field of photography. The 2020 call theme was "Commitment" as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc., or an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. The question of photography's commitment to real-world issues and its relationship provides significant directives for promoting a social engagement from photographers, changing the photographic tool. Thero Makepe’s work will be published in the catalogue.
Earlier this year, during the 2019/20 Tierney Fellowship workshops which took place at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, Thero’s photobook project titled, "Music from My Good Eye" was seen and critiqued by renowned photographers Pieter Hugo and Jo Ratcliffe. After seeing the body of work that Thero produced for his graduate exhibition and for the Tierney Fellowship, they offered to mentor Thero further after the end of the Tierney fellowship. This new mentorship is being sponsored by American philanthropists Diane and Chuck Frankle. Thero would like to thank Svea Josephy and Dominique Edwards for their incredible support and mentorship during his graduate year and the Tierney Fellowship.