New exhibition: 'Born Free - Mandela's Generation of Hope' by Ilvy Njiokiktjien
- Thursday 12 May 2022 - Sunday 31 July 2022
- Pieter de la Courtgebouw
2333 AK Leiden
On Thursday 12 May, the ASCL will celebrate the opening of the new photo exhibition 'Born Free - Mandela's Generation of Hope' by Ilvy Njiokiktjien.
In 1994 South Africa held its first inclusive elections. These brought an end to decades of white minority rule. A new constitution gave all South Africans equal rights. As the first black president, Nelson Mandela focused on reconciliation and hope for the future. It would be up to the young generation to make his dream of a rainbow nation come true.
During her work in South Africa, photo journalist Ilvy Njiokiktjien became intrigued by these born-frees, born after the end of apartheid. She portrays them in her own, personal and sometimes intimate style. “There is equality on paper now, but many still experience the consequences of apartheid.”
The opening of the exhibition consists of a short documentary based on the photo series, an introduction by Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald and a guided tour by Ilvy.
This exhibition has been organised in the framework of Leiden2022: European City of Science and has been made possible by Gemeente Leiden.
All photo credits: Ilvy Njiokiktjien.