KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach -
26 November 2018 - The international venture capital and angel investment firm,
the Global Group, in collaboration with the South African Consulate General in
Hong Kong, proudly presents The Heritage
Collection, a charity exhibition by documentary photographer Matthew
Willman, marking the centenary celebration
of South African leader Nelson Mandela, one of the world's truly great
statesmen. The South African government has officially designated the year
2018 as the year to acknowledge and honour the selfless contributions of the
two liberation struggle icons, Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu,
who played a key role in the attainment of freedom in South Africa.
(From Left) Matthew Willman, the documentary
photographer, Dr. Johnny Hon, Founder and
Executive Chairman of the Global Group and Honorary Consul of Grenada in Hong
Madoda Ntshinga, Consul-General of South Africa (HKSAR/MSAR), Ms. Vicky Xu, Founder and CEO of Areteos Family
Office, and Mr. Leon Naido, Consul of South Africa (HKSAR/MSAR), attended the opening night of The Heritage
Collection charity exhibition.
(From Left) Dr. Johnny Hon, Founder and Executive Chairman of the
Global Group and Matthew Willman, the documentary photographer, at the opening night of The Heritage Collection
The opening night of The
Heritage Collection charity exhibition was held at Areteos Art Space in
The Heritage Collection charity exhibition is open for public viewing at
Areteos Art Space from 23rd November -- 1st
opening night of the event, held at the renowned Areteos Art Space in Central, saw hosts Mr. Madoda Ntshinga, Consul-General of South Africa (HKSAR/MSAR), Dr. Johnny Hon, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Global Group and
Honorary Consul of Grenada in Hong Kong, and Ms. Vicky Xu, Founder and CEO of
Areteos Family Office, along with the documentary photographer Matthew Willman,
welcome a range of distinguished guests from different walks of life.
Global Group was invited by the South African Consulate General in Hong Kong to
collaborate with it on this important and historic event. The collaboration is
aimed at promoting people-to-people cooperation as well as the promotion of
cultural understanding between the people of the Republic of South Africa and the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. On
its part, the Global Group has always been dedicated to fostering a diversified
artistic environment in society and cultivating art appreciation through
partnerships and collaborations with well-known institutions from all over the
world. This photographic exhibition is a further testament to the Global
Group's focused efforts to enhance people's lives and well-being by honouring
achievement and supporting the development of promising artists as well as the
vibrant growth of the artistic milieu in Hong Kong.
a commissioned photographer to Nelson Mandela for over 10 years, Matthew
Willman is today focused on building bridges of opportunity through supporting
local communities in South Africa. The exhibition of The Heritage Collection is divided into two parts, namely The
Nelson Mandela Heritage Collection and The Zululand Rhino Orphanage Collection.
In the first part, Willman presents some of the most iconic and rare portraits
of Nelson Mandela alongside historic images from his life. This collection is a
unique and precious time capsule of the struggle for freedom and the founding
of South Africa's new democracy. In the second part, Willman has created an
exclusive photographic collection to help support magnificent rhinos in South
Africa, reflecting his commitment to the conservation of endangered species and
to supporting partnerships with their neighbouring communities.
Mandela collection is the finest private portrait collection of its kind in the
world. Collectors of this work include President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey,
Annie Lennox, and Hermès, among an international roll call. People's
participation will help support a great cause, as a portion of sales will
directly benefit the Zululand Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to the
conservation of endangered species in South Africa.
Matthew Willman said, "I am extremely grateful for Global Group's
support, which made this impressive exhibition possible and offered me the
precious chance to display my works in Hong Kong. This is an incredible opportunity
to share with the world two of Africa's most precious and revered icons, Nelson
Mandela, who led an entire nation to freedom, and the majestic rhino, Africa's
most endangered species. We hope this exhibition could raise much needed funds
in order to continue our work in South Africa and let our generation be the
ones to save the African rhino from extinction."
Dr. Johnny Hon, Founder and Executive
Chairman of the Global Group and Honorary Consul of Grenada in Hong Kong, commented, "We are delighted to host such a
worthwhile event that shares the images of Nelson Mandela and of South African
communities with us. Looking into the future, we are committed to bringing more
high-calibre art exhibitions and activities to Hong Kong through partnerships
and collaborations with different consulates, allowing Hong Kong people to
appreciate various facets of art and culture."
"The Heritage Collection" by Matthew Willman
Exhibition dates: 23rd Nov -- 1st Dec 2018
Opening hours: 10am-7pm
Venue: Areteos Art Space -- G4, 1 Hollywood Road, Central, HK
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About Matthew Willman
Matthew Willman is a
Durban based documentary photographer, author and speaker. Willman has emerged
as one of South Africa's leading young independent artists. He has expressed
himself through an extraordinary body of work which has included writing,
storytelling and photographic exhibitions. Willman has gained over 18 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. 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 of work with Mr. Mandela himself.
In 2003 Willman was commissioned to archive and document the life and
times of Nelson Mandela.