From April 11 through June 16, 2019, Museum Hilversum and Ilvy Njiokiktjien will look into the Born-Frees; the generation that was born immediately after the abolition of apartheid in a new and free South Africa. They are considered to be Nelson Mandela’s children. In the multimedia exhibition “Born-Frees – Mandela’s generation of hope,” Njiokiktjien shows how the young people of South Africa are getting on, 25 years after Mandela’s election. 

A particularly topical theme, as the new elections will be held in South Africa on May 8, almost 25 years after Mandela took his oath and was sworn in as the first black president of the Republic of South Africa. He laid the foundation for a new democratic South Africa. Since 2011, Njiokiktjien has been following the Born-Frees, who have had access to equal opportunities for the first time in the history of South Africa. Njiokiktjien’s goal she set for herself is to capture this unique generation through imagery.

In her visual research, Njiokiktjien pays attention to the range of cultures and religions and to the differences in social, economic and cultural principles; her work shows that the life, the views, the possibilities and the ambitions of the Born-Frees differ greatly. There are young people who have defined their own careers and achieved a great deal. This is how a creative class of fashion designers, designers, dancers, and theater makers emerged. On one hand, these young people are successful, but on the other, like their parents, they are faced with unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Njiokiktjien portrays this in a personal and sometimes intimate way.

“Personal experience is the starting point in the exhibition,” says museum director Stef van Breugel. “Ilvy Njiokiktjien poignantly captures the essence. Through photography and film, the visitor can identify with the Born-Free generation and the layering of the exhibition has made the new arrangement in recent South Africa tangible.”

Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award Jury President

Photo by Gary Knight

Gary KnightGary Knight, the Director and a founding member of VII Photo Agency, will be president of the jury this year at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award in October.

“It is a great privilege to be invited to Chair the jury of the Bayeux Award for war correspondents this year and to honor the men and women who file dispatches and images from fields of conflict. It is especially poignant to do this at a time when our media are increasingly under attack by politicians and governments – even in countries where a free press is enshrined in the constitution. War reporting is a vital and essential function of journalism. It is critical to civil society, to our sense of justice and accountability and to basic human rights.

As the late Marie Colvin said in 2010, two years before she was killed in Homs: “The public have a right to know what our government, and our armed forces, are doing in our name. Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”

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