Twenty-five years ago South Africa held its first inclusive elections. These brought an end to decades of white minority rule. A new constitution gave all South Africans equal rights. As the first black president, Nelson Mandela focused on reconciliation and hope for the future. It would be up to the young generation to make his dream of a rainbow nation come true.
During her work in South Africa, photojournalist Ilvy Njiokiktjien became intrigued by these born-frees, born after the end of apartheid. She portrays them in her own, personal and sometimes intimate style. “There is equality on paper now, but many still experience the consequences of apartheid.”
This photo book contains a rich collection of the most poignant, telling and diverse images, curated by Ilvy Njiokiktjien.
Print run of 1994 copies, signed and numbered.
The book is printed on magazine paper, haldfolded like a newspaper and handglued into a hardcover bind.
Limited edition signed print
Additionally order one of the limited edition signed prints (edition of 100).
The picture of Zakithi Buthelezi (27) and Wilmarie Deetlefs (24) is taken in Johannesburg in 2018. They had just fallen in love with each other and call their relationship “a Tinder succes story”. During apartheid it would have been prohibited. “I would have totally sneaked around for you though,” Wilmarie says, laughing. As a mixed couple they are still an exception that invites comments. The mostly well-intended jokes frustrate them. “They are basically saying this is something out of the ordinary. But it’s not,” says Wilmarie. “It’s just two people connected.”
Printsize: 26 x 17 cm