On the 5th of December 2013, Nelson Mandela passed away. Over the past 10 years, we have felt the weight of the loss we suffered and the symbolic and practical meanings of his missing. In creating a space to acknowledge and process this grief, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting an exhibition in collaboration with The Forge and Stellenbosch University at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg.
Drawing on titles such as “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead”, a play by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, as well as Friedrich Nietzsche's statement that, "God is dead", “Nelson Mandela Is Dead” is an exhibition that asks us to confront the undercurrents and consequences of the passing of Nelson Mandela. So often, the question is asked “What would Mandela have said if he were here? What would he have done? Would things be like this if Nelson Mandela was still here?” All of these questions are unfulfilled grief. In reality, we want Nelson Mandela back. We want him to save us again. Through this exhibition, we want to highlight the urgency of the context we live in and acknowledge that nobody is coming to save us.
Join us to be the first to experience this new exhibition, curated by Kneo Mokgopa and a tribute performance to Nelson Mandela by the Nobuhle Ashanti Trio.