Nelson Mandela Image Presented to South African Consulate for Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Honorable Consul General George Monyemangene accepted a one-of-a-kind rendering of Nelson Mandela on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation today at the South Africa Consulate. The stunning image is the result of an innovative collaboration between world renowned photographer Richard Corman and Alec Monopoly, one of the hottest young artists in the world.
In 2001, Corman was in Cape Town, South Africa, as the official photographer for the Special Olympics. While there, he was asked to photograph a visit of significance to Robben Island by Nelson Mandela and senior members of the Special Olympics. This was one of the first times President Mandela had returned to Robben Island after 18 years of imprisonment there. Corman took a distinguished black-and-white photograph of President Mandela visiting his old cell.
Corman has remained inspired by President Mandela's greatness and humility, and recently arranged for his collaborative partner Alec Monopoly to create a unique painting using the original photograph of President Mandela. The striking piece integrates the vibrant colors of the South African flag throughout the black-and-white photo in Monopoly's creative street art style. Corman and Monopoly have donated the painting to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where it will be displayed side-by-side with the original photograph in the "Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory public space, the home of the Nelson Mandela Foundation."
"We are delighted to accept this wonderful painting of President Mandela on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory," said George Monyemangene, Consul General of the South African Consulate.
"I've had the opportunity to work with an amazing breadth of people throughout my career, but that extraordinary day on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela will always be the most special to me," said Richard Corman. "It's an honor to collaborate with Alec Monopoly to bring this photograph to a new level and convey the pure joy and vibrancy that surrounds Nelson Mandela."
Nelson Mandela Foundation:
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, a registered Trust, is a human rights-oriented not-for-profit organization. The Foundation delivers to the world an integrated and dynamic information resource and platform on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, and promotes the search for sustainable solutions to critical social problems through its rich archives, memory-based dialogue interventions and tangible activations to realize the legacy of Madiba.