In Korschan’s own words, the Drummies are “a perfect visual and conceptual personification of a Superhero.” Check out our interview with Korschan, along with the photos series and video below.
Could you let me in a bit more as to why/how you and Lorena found the school you collaborated with?
The school we collaborated with is called Hottentots-Holland High School, an Afrikaans and English speaking school in the Western Cape. We found the school by chance really through an old Facebook post of their Drummies squad and fell in love with their vibe. So, we just reached out, and they were super open to our idea. Their coach, an amazing lady that had been working with the Hottentots-Holland High School Majorettes for decades, was a great support.
What brought your attention to the Drummies in particular, seeing as that the Cape is so ripe with inspiration? Any memories of yours or Lorena's that resonated with the Drummies' mission?
Both Lorena and me have been very fortunate to work with people all across the world over the course of the last few years. We are both very interested in the fine differences in cultures and hidden beauties within. Of course, we can’t document foreign stories like natives, but we try to gain as much inside as possible to connect it to personal experiences and add our own twist to it.
A local friend of ours and collaborator of the project first introduced us to the phenomenon of the Drummies. Visually, we really liked the concept of girls-only squads and their unique dresses. But more importantly, we liked what the girls stand for, being role models for younger girls and a talisman for their community. You can really grasp their confidence and pride wearing the uniforms. Moreover, often stemming from less economically strong areas of the country, being part of a successful Drummies squad is a chance to earn scholarships and educational funding, which makes it even more valuable.