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The Launch of Making Peace Exhibition, 2007.07.19, Houghton: [Set of 142 Still Images]

The opening of the exhibition ‘Making Peace’, an exhibition about Albert Luthuli. With Nelson Mandela; Dr Luthuli (Albert Luthuli’s daughter); the artist who painted The Black Christ, Ronald Harrison; Lindiwe Sisulu; Bill Clinton; Ahmed Kathrada; Nthato Motlana; Luli Callinicos and others

Willman, Matthew

Opening of the exhibition 'For Madiba with Love' by David Turnley, 2014.02.02, Houghton: [Set of 70 Still Images]

Opening of the exhibition 'For Madiba with Love' by David Turnley at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The event also marked the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the National Library of South Africa for a de-acidification project to preserve Madiba's papers. The project is funded by the US Embassy. People featuring are Peter Magubane, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Barbara Hogan, the US Embassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, Steven van Zandt, MC Leanne Manas, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, African National Congress Deputy General Jessie Duarte, Thebe Foundation CEO Mokgethi, and Sello Hatang.

Reed, Vernon

Mandalas for Mandela Launch, 2011.12.04, Houghton:[Set of 59 Still Images]

Launch of the ''Mandalas for Mandela'' exhibition. A collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Arts Alive and Imbali Visual Arts and the Constitution Hill. The exhibition comprises Mandalas from students from 26 Gauteng schools. It was launched at Constitution Hill on 6 September 2011 to coincide with the Arts Alive festival.

Davies, Lee

Opening of the exhibition 'Mandela- Gandhi Wall', 2014.07.24, Houghton: [Set of 83 Still Images]

An opening of the exhibition 'Mandela- Gandhi Wall' with Ela Gandhi, Birad Rajaran, Maniben Sita, Virendra Gupta as well as Sello Hatang. The interactive, multimedia display features photographs, QR(quick recognition) codes that can be read by cell phones which then play videos that Birad Rajaran has loaded on to the internet, and a game that visitors can play by answering questions on the back of cards (similar to postcards) and then matching the photo on the card with the one on the wall.

Flow

Struggle T-shirts: Public Testimony and Political Protest' Exhibition

The Struggle T-shirts: Public Testimony and Political Protest Exhibition Photographs. The exhibition is curated by Frances Andrew and draws on the extensive South African History Archive collection of struggle T-shirts.

The notion of using a T-shirt as a way of making a political statement first came into prominence in South Africa during the anti-apartheid movement, and “struggle T-shirts” were worn not only at rallies and political events, but also at funerals, where special designs were created to celebrate the life and legacy of deceased leaders, and at the release of those leaders who were serving sentences in apartheid jails.

Calls for the release of Mandela and others were emblazoned on many T-shirts both in South Africa and the world. Described by Andrew as “a political imperative for which the physical self was willingly placed in direct danger in order to resist”, the struggle T-shirt was used particularly to unite activists during mass protests by organisations such as the United Democratic Front, civic associations and workers’ unions.

However, outside of political protests and rallies these T-shirts also become ordinary, everyday pieces of clothing, which, as Andrew explains, is where “the true power of the T-shirt was activated”.

Arends, Ethel

Launch of Insurgent Citizens: Reflections on Protest in Democratic South Africa Exhibition

The Nelson Mandela Foundation collaborated with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) to launch the exhibition Insurgent Citizens- Reflections on Protest in Democratic South Africa at the Foundation’s Centre of Memory. Photographs show guest viewing the exhibition and singing in the Auditorium. The event was facilitated by Sumaya Hendricks and the Former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela was the keynote speaker.

Distilled Photography