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Mandela, Prepared to die. South African night with Matthew Willman.

"A South African night with Mandela by Matthew Willman, a photographic exhibition & the famous braai!"
Showcase, Music, Film & More
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event language: English
Length of event: 1h
Price range: Rs 300 - 1000

Film, exhibition and Questions & Answers: Rs 300
Film, exhibition and Questions & Answers and braai: Rs 1,000
Braai only (buffet) in our L’Entracte Restaurant at Rs 800 – Download Menu


Celebrated South African documentary photographer & author Matthew Willman presents his short film “Mandela, prepared to die” as well as an extraordinary body of photographic works exhibited for the first time in Mauritius together with his highly entertaining & much sought after public speaking evenings at Caudan Arts Centre on November 5th


Willman has gained over 22 years’ experience working for some of the world’s foremost institutions in the field of visual communication, development, visual arts and leadership. A true global citizen, Willman has worked in 42 countries tailoring his inventive brand of communication to the needs of an array of clients which have included: Oxfam International, The World Health Organisation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Bill Clinton Presidential Library, The Vodafone Foundation, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre, Robben Island Museum and The European Commission.


In 2019 Willman’s short film documentary on Nelson Mandela was nominated and won an Emmy award in the USA.


Willman has had the pleasure of being commissioned to photograph individuals from a cross-section of the global community. Recent private commissions include: US Presidents Barack Obama, Presidents Bill Clinton & Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Kofi Annan, President FW De Klerk, and singer song writer Annie Lennox. Others include 22 Presidents, 12 Nobel Laureates and a host of sports personalities, musicians, politicians and philanthropists.


Perhaps one of Willman’s greatest achievements was his significant contribution to the recording of the process of South Africa’s democratic change. This occurred both in his work as a commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and through ten years working with Mr Mandela himself.  In 2003 Matthew was commissioned to archive and document the life and times of Nelson Mandela for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Over the years this afforded him many incredibly intimate experiences with a man who for Willman embodies the very spirit and conviction we all aspire to in life. His collection of work is now central to the Mandela Centre of Memory & Presidential Library in Johannesburg.


Along with his current books available during his tour of Mauritius, Matthew Willman will be launching his latest book ’22 Years’. This book is extraordinary visual account of a photographer’s lifelong passion to engage with the world. His images go beyond borders, they transcend boundaries exploring in intimate detail the lives of people and places few have ventured to discover. As a photographer Willman is undaunted by the unknown, his work explores the ‘human condition’ wherever it is found. Each image in the book opens up a fascinating world, episodic moments that so many take for granted.

This is a not to be missed tour by anyone passionate and interested in the world around them and worlds that exist beyond our vision.


A few quotes on Matthew Willman’s work:


‘One really special thing about Matthew…he’s got the bug. He has an absolute sense of overview…about what is, what went before, and what’s to come. Matthew is passionately connected to the complexity of his existence and those around him. I don’t want to speak for him, his words and images go beyond what any of us could imagine. I’m sure of Matthew’s gift, it’s not an issue…he connects with his passion…the rest just follows.’
Annie Lennox, Musician Song writer


‘We believe Mr. Willman to be a world-class talent whose striking and evocative images deserve to be exhibited on the World stage.’
The Nelson Mandela Foundation


‘Matthew Willman is unusual amongst many experienced professional photographers and story tellers. His ability to connect technique and creativity, expression and passion is undoubtedly a rare gift. Willman is an asset to South Africa and we all could learn more from his determination to be relevant in a changing world.’
Malcolm Lyle: Associate Director of Photography, Durban Institute of Technology.


‘Matthews passion and enthusiasm for his art, his sensitivity and love of people is immediately felt. This is how his magic begins, allowing his vision and mastery to come through the lens. Willman’s work is a gift, an artist of world-class standing.’
Monsieur Hubert Hermes- House of Hermes, Paris.


‘Matthew has the ability to see and creatively record the essence of life where it is found’
Chairman of Walt Disney (Retired) John Pepper


‘Matthew has a wonderful ability to connect with people. He is clearly a person (who is) passionate when it comes to his work and highly skilled in communicating through his words and images.’
Dan Hurley, President, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, USA


‘Matthew is a professional and highly talented photographer. While being photographed by him I never felt that he was invading my personal space. I appreciate his refreshing approach to his task.’
FW De Klerk, Former President of the Republic of South Africa & 1993 Nobel Prize Laureate

Date: November 5, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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05 Nov
7:00 PM