The Global Group and Dr. Johnny Hon partnered with the South African Consulate General in Hong Kong, Unveil “The Heritage Collection”, a Charity Exhibition by Documentary Photographer Matthew Willman
Hong Kong, 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.
The 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.
The 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.
As 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.
This 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
About the Global Group
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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.