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/ Zapiro's Mandela Cartoons: Nelson Mandela Foundation / 2008

Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro) a South African cartoonist, began drawing cartoons in the late 1980’s for a wide range of political and progressive organizations. He was editorial cartoonist for Sowetan from 1994 - 2005 and appeared in the Cape Argus 1996 -1997. He has been editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian since 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and since September 2005 also appears three times a week in Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News.

During the last months of 2008, the Nelson Mandela Foundation commissioned Trace to develop a solo exhibition of Zapiro’s cartoons. The exhibited works spanned the years of Zapiro’s cartoons of Mandela, from the first drawing that was on a birthday card for Mandela who was in prison at the time, to the cartoon celebrating Mandela’s 90th birthday. The cartoons were exhibited together with many of Zapiro’s preliminary sketches and sketchbooks, showing the interesting process which goes into the making of a Zapiro cartoon. The exhibition took visitors on a journey from the early days of South Africa’s democracy to the present. It was an entertaining and insightful way to view the history of South Africa’s democracy.

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