Nobel Peace Center

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  1. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  2. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  3. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  4. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  5. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  6. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  7. Photo: Krister Sørbø / Nobel Peace Center
  8. Photo: Krister Sørbø / Nobel Peace Center

Strengths & Convictions

08 May 2010–17 Nov 2010

In the Nobel Peace Center’s exhibition Strengths and Convictions, the public got to experience South Africa’s dramatic struggle for democracy. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, opened the exhibition, with HM Queen Sonja present.

The lives of the four remarkable men Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela, converge and divide as South Africa’s history unfolds. Their stories were told through photos, films and art never previously shown in Norway.

Strengths and Convictions incorporated seven short films, portrait photographs of the laureates and a selection of contemporary works of art by South African and international artists. It was constructed around a timeline depicting 100 years of South African history, with visual art used as a matrix for the life and times of the four laureates.

The exhibition included unique works by artists like Feni Dumile, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Sam Nhlengethwa, Willie Bester and Araminta de Clermont. Present at the opening were the exhibition photo editor George Hallett and the artists Peter Clarke, Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro), Kendell Geers, Claudette Schreuders and Churchill Madikida.

The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated book with an introduction by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, and essays by the author and professor Antjie Krog, Justice Albie Sachs, and exhibition curator Gavin Jantjes.