MOSSEL BAY NEWS - In celebration of Mandela Day, the internationally recognised digital artist Michelle Benjamin hosted a solo art exhibition at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay.
Benjamin, an entrepreneur and humanitarian known to break new ground, said this exhibition was a first of its kind for the Western Cape.
Benjamin has combined art with technology for three decades.
With exhibitions in Pretoria, Durban, New York, Dallas, Houston, London, Nice and Naples under her belt, this solo exhibition on Nelson Mandela by a former Durbanite and woman of Indian ethnicity is groundbreaking, unique and never experienced before on South African soil.
"My intention with my work as an artist is to break stereotypes, whenever I experience them," said Benjamin. "This opportunity at the Bartholomeus Dias Museum is excellent to show my art on such an historical day in South Africa. To remember our dear Madiba in this way warms my heart and gives me hope for our Nation and the entire world. The purpose of my life as an art humanitarian and activist is to bring hope where there is none. This was Madiba's goal for South Africa."
At the exhibition, a meal was prepared and served to vulnerable members of the community. Senior citizens who served their communities well and are in their golden years, were treated at the museum on Mandela Day as part of the programme.
"It was a privilege to give the most unique and amazing exhibition of my life to these humble and disadvantaged folks, who were part of the generation that believed in Madiba's dream for a new South Africa," said Benjamin.
When the exhibition comes to an end, the artworks will travel to Cape Town to be auctioned by Choc (Childhood Cancer Foundation) for their cause.
Michelle Benjamin exhibits four times a year in New York City and is curated by New York's celebrated curator, Susannah Perlman, who runs one of the most prestigious digital art galleries in the United States.
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