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Nelson Mandela 18 July Resilience on Flickr.
This is a conceptual piece called Resilience, which was made as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and to mark his birthday on the 18 July 2012.
The piece focuses on his 27 years in jail, and the turmoil in South Africa during that time, half of his face contains the Hector Pieterson image, which became one of the primary visual representations of the student uprising during apartheid.
The other half of his face contains a faint rainbow which represents South Africa or the rainbow nation - since post-apartheid South Africa is often referred to as the rainbow nation. This half of his face, just like the latter half of the 27 years, is marked by a faint glimmer of hope and a rainbow in the distance.
The word Amandla means power in Xhosa and was often used during protest marches against apartheid.
The matchboxes are often found in South African art and fashion and they were added to give the artwork a South African stamp, flavor and identity.
They also represent fire or power in its rawest form - one simply has to strike a match to get a source of energy.
They are on either side of the word Amandla to emphasize the idea of power.
Ultimately, the piece is called Resilience because in order to overcome the 27 years - a resilient mind, inner strength and idea was needed.
This resilient idea was repeated over and over, like striking a match over and over again and eventually this resulted in a powerful flame and force, which engulfed and overcame the apartheid regime.
This piece was made in GIMP using the G’MIC plugin.