I have thought a lot about the pros and cons of living in a big city like London. There are huge cons, but pros are surpassing them beyond doubt. As a cultural events lover, I rummaged through the internet to find where I could end up today. And how good it feels to be in a city where you have hundreds of choices.
So there I arrived, A long walk to freedom exhibition. Mandela’s related, indeed. But not only. The exhibition features 16 art pieces signed by the big man himself.
With the movie about his fight for freedom hitting the big screen earlier this year, it was the perfect moment to discover a bit more about the mysterious hero who recently died.
You would be surprised how untalented he was at drawing – but someone who got to change that much in the world doesn’t need to be an artist.
The first drawings you see while coming in the exhibition are surprisingly unexpected. Houses in the mountains, bullocks on the meadow – you’ll even stand in front of a drawing of three red peppers. If you were thinking of learning anything about Mandela’s history, the apartheid or anything like that, the beginning of the exhibition might disappoint you.
But go on walking and read everything you come across – a few more steps and you’ll be facing his freedom series. It is part of the drawings he made during his time at Robben Island. This is the part that might get you thrills – if you are an oversensitive person like me. Mandela features his long walk to freedom – using hands getting rid of their ties.
The exhibition is small, but it feels like it makes you enter some other parts of Mandela’s life. It’s good to assimilate him to something else than the apartheid, prison, fight for freedom or anything he has been famous for. The gallery plunges you into the world of a normal man drawing simple things.
The exhibition will be on display at the gallery for one month from 5 January to 2 February 2014.
My article about it on Findme4u