On June 25 Dutch photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien discusses her work from Africa, with a focus on various youth groups that she photographed, at Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Her work is on view at the gallery in the ‘Emerging’ exhibition from now until September 20.
When Nelson Mandela passed away, he left a legacy and a free but struggling country. The democracy that he fought for is coming to age. So is the youth that was born at the end of apartheid in 1990. In a way they are Mandela’s children; this is the generation that he wanted to live in a nation with equal opportunities for all. Photojournalist Ilvy Njiokiktjien has been picturing the youth generations of South Africa, all born in a free country and therefor called the Born Free Generation. She will show this body of work, and others at the Annenberg Space of Photography on June 25th.
About Ilvy Njiokiktjien
Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa.
Njiokiktjien’s work has appeared in NRC Handelsblad, Der Spiegel, Telegraph Magazine, The New York Times and l’Espresso, among others, and was exhibited at Visa pour l’Image in 2012. Her accolades include a Canon AFJ Award, a World Press Photo Multimedia Award and first prize in POYi’s Issue Reporting Multimedia Story.
Njiokiktjien was featured in PDN’s 30 in 2012. Her work can be found in the Communities, Cultures & Family category in the Emerging exhibit.
About the exhibition ‘Emerging’
Emerging presents images by more than 90 emerging photographers from around the world who bring a fresh perspective and creative techniques to professional photography. The exhibit explores how a new generation of photographers examines a variety of topics, from the personal to the global: youth culture, family, the environment, economic uncertainty, conflict and civil unrest, and the nature of the photographic image.
Emerging was organized in partnership with Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning publication for professional photographers. The exhibit is comprised of works from photographers who have been featured in “PDN’s 30,” Photo District News’ annual selection of 30 emerging photographers who represent a range of styles and genres and have demonstrated a distinctive vision, creativity, and versatility. The photographers in Emerging come from 30 countries and while all are still relatively new to professional photography, many have already earned prestigious accolades.
In addition to nearly 100 prints, the exhibition will include videos, multimedia pieces, self-published books, zines and a changing slideshow of images posted on social media illustrating the many ways emerging photographers have shown and shared their work. Emerging will also feature an original short documentary film that profiles ten photographers who have been featured in PDN’s 30: Corey Arnold, Olivia Bee, Peter DiCampo, Pari Dukovic, JUCO, Dina Litovsky, Diana Markosian, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Katie Orlinsky and Marcus Smith.
The exhibition is guest curated by PDN leadership: Editor in Chief, Holly Stuart Hughes; Senior Editor, Conor Risch; Photo Editor, Amy Wolff; Executive Editor, David Walker and Creative Director, Darren Ching.