Yunghi Kim, an award-winning photojournalist who has covered stories all over the world, started the Trailblazers of Light, a website that celebrates women in her field and the contributions they’ve made. Included are VII’s co-founder, Alexandra Boulat, as well as VII’s Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, and Maggie Steber.
Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s project “Born Free – Mandela’s Generation of Hope” was named a finalist in the 2020 LensCulture Exposure Awards.
Twenty-five years ago, 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, photojournalist 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.
Last weekend, Ilvy Njiokiktjien received the Zilveren Camera Storytelling Award for her project “Born Free – Mandela’s Generation of Hope.”
The award was given for her short documentary, long-form documentary, book, publications, and interactive long read.
Her Take, an exhibition by the female photographers of VII, will be on view at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland, from February 2 through April 5, 2020.
In Her Take, Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Jessica Dimmock, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry share their visual reflections on contemporary masculinity and its media and artistic representations. Documentary or conceptual, their projects explore and rethink the images and archetypes generally associated with the masculine. The exhibition grows from the authors’ participation in the volatile contemporary debate about gender, power, and representation.
Join Sara Terry at the opening of Her Take on February 1, and for an artist talk and portfolio reviews on February 2.
VII is pleased to announce the 26 participants from 12 countries selected for the 2019-20 VII Masterclass Barcelona. The second of three Masterclass sessions was completed last month in Barcelona, led by VII Masters Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, and tutors Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber. Tutors Anush Babajanyan and John Stanmeyer joined the first session in September. Ron Haviv and Ilvy Njiokiktjien will join the third and final session in March 2020.