Of Soul and Joy workshop in rural areas, South Africa, 2022 © Jabulani Dhlamini

Since 2012, Rubis Mécénat has been integrating professionally young adults from the township of Thokoza and its surroundings, in South Africa, using the practice of photography as a tool for emancipation and commitment for a future career.

Of Soul and Joy extends its support by providing young photographers with trainings (literacy, computer science, lifeskills, etc.) and access to a network of key cultural players on the local and international scene – a tailor-made support for the emergence of a new generation of South African photographers and for their professional careers.

Each year, the programme awards scholarships to its most promising young photographers to access higher education in photography at a university of their choice, including the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg.

The project is led by Jabulani Dhlamini, South-African photographer represented by the Goodman Gallery and Of Soul and Joy Project Manager since 2015.