Mandela Without Borders
We last reported on the Mandela Poster Project in August 2013, right after its inaugural exhibition opened at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Since then, this collection of 95 posters celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) — the imprisoned freedom fighter who became his country’s first black president — has been exhibited in other South African cities and has traveled to Australia, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, and the U.K. Known as the MPP, the poster exhibition has been seen by tens of thousands of people. It’s been the subject of TEDx talks, articles, academic papers, and seminars. The first U.S. exhibition, in Boston, is planned for January 2017.
The project was conceptualized and curated by South African designers Jacques Lange, the 2005-07 president of the International Council of Design (ico-D, formerly Icograda) and Mohammed Jogie, the 2007-09 vice president of this important international organization. In the days when Mandela’s health was failing, they posted “calls for entries” on Facebook and Google+ with specifications for the poster format. More than 700 designers around the world responded. As Mani Hanekom wrote in her recent comprehensive article about the MPP in Contributoria, “The selected posters represent a broad demographic spanning all parts of the world and more importantly, a mix of voices ranging from high-profile international designers to students.”
This is truly design without borders:
July, 2013 PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
:: August 2013 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
:: October 2013 BARCELONA, SPAIN
: : November 2013 – January 2014 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
:: December 2013 LONDON, U.K.
:: April 2014 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
:: April and July 2014 THESSALONIKI, GREECE
:: April–May 2014 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
:: July 2014 PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA
:: July 2014 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
:: May 2015 ZAGREB, CROATIA
:: July – November 2015 CURITIBA and SALVADOR, BRAZIL
Upcoming venues include Belgrade, Serbia; Eskişehir, Turkey; and The Brooklyn Museum in NY, USA — with several organizations currently in negotiations. A book is planned. The permanent exhibition will be installed at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, which is under construction and will be opening in 2016.
For more information and to view all the selected posters, please visit the official Mandela Poster Project website.