Mandela exhibitions holding in Paris, Washington, DC

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two major exhibitions celebrating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela are currently being staged in Paris, France, and Washington, DC, US.

The Paris exhibition kicked off on Tuesday night as part of the South African season in France.

South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said the exhibition traces every phase of Mandela's remarkable life.

Outside the Paris city hall, a sculptural replica of Mandela's cell on Robben Island has been erected.

Meanwhile, the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, and The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Centre are hosting the Ubuntu Art Exhibition, which is celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in the city’s Atrium Gallery.

The exhibition is a collection of works from emerging and established artists from South Africa that reflect the spirit of "Ubuntu" (togetherness) a principle Mandela used to reconcile a divided nation after apartheid.

Ebrahim Rasool, the former Premier of the Western Cape who now serves as the country’s US Ambassador, said apartheid “produced artists, musicians, poets, proponents of the dramatic arts and, ironically under those severe conditions of repression grew a generation of artists who articulated the feelings of the nation, who kept us human when everyone tried to dehumanize us, who remained our lodestars that something better will emerge.”

He confirmed that the South African Embassy will this year erect a statue of Mandela outside of the chancery on Embassy Row.
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05 june 2013 08:46:26

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