Ninety-five original posters of our iconic former President Nelson Mandela are travelling the globe, touching the hearts of thousands. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Above: An evocative depiction of a gently smiling Mandela with a large flock of birds fluttering around him, symbolising his values of peace, freedom and humanity. Image by Carlos Andrade, Venezuela.
Above left: Bold words in striking colours reflect Mandela’s accomplishments as an agent of change, leader, liberator, unifier and influencer.
Above right: An elegant layered narrative, with the overlaid letters in vivid colours reflecting the words: “Man/Mandela/Madiba”, revering a leader who, like Mahatma Ghandi, fought for a nation’s freedom.
Above left: A shimmering black dove soars from both the confines of prison bars and the poster’s edges. The bird acknowledges Mandela as an African and a symbol of liberty.
Above right: A satirical work reflecting a famous poster of Bob Dylan designed by Milton Glaser in the 1970s and adding a new dimension to the concept by using quotations by Mandela to fashion his grey hair.
Above left: Before and After, with black and white bars in the upper section, reflecting the stark separation of humanity before Mandela healed SA and made it a field of colour, as depicted in the lower section: a rainbow nation comprising multi-cultural people and ideals.
Above right: New African Map is created by shaping Mandela’s face in a mosaic pattern made up of a reconfigured African map. It’s further illustrated by the dream of an Africa at peace with itself.
Above left: Inspired by Radio Raheem, a character in Spike Lee’s film, Do The Right Thing, whose story echoes Mandela’s life and shows how love (“uthando“) defeats hate.
Above right: Mandela is represented through his ideas and values, with the poster quoting his words on how education can change the world.
Above: A portrayal of Mandela’s name as a statement of power: Power to fight. Power to persevere. At first glance, it appears to be a left hand facing the viewer, but upon closer inspection, one realises it’s Madiba’s raised right hand, seen from behind as he leads the nation forward.