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Four Reasons Why Nelson Mandela Inspires Artists

When one thinks of the global influence of Nelson Mandela his achievements in the political realm instantly come to mind from leading the anti-apartheid movement to becoming South Africa’s first black president. Yet his reach extends beyond politics as he inspires numerous visual artists that reference his legacy in their works. It is only fitting since after all Mandela is also a visual artist having channeled the pain from his 27 years as a political prisoner to complete a series of 20 drawings. Recognizing the power of the visual medium to carry forth Mandela’s legacy JETmag.com spoke with several arts professionals to discover their reasons why Mandela remains an inspiration to the arts.

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