Struggle Series comprises a strip of 6 drawings and a hand-written motivation by Nelson Mandela telling the story of his struggle and that of his beloved country. The drawings are of hands, and symbolise the journey he went through – from Struggle to Imprisonment, Freedom, Unity and to the Future.

In the final piece, the Motivation, Nelson Mandela writes “These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country. I drew hands because they are powerful instruments, hands can hurt or heal, punish or uplift. They can also be bound but a quest for righteousness can never be repressed. In time, we broke lose the shackles of injustice, we joined hands across social divides and national boundaries, between continents and over oceans and now we look to the future, knowing that even if age makes us wiser guides, [it is] the youth that reminds us of love, of trust and of the value of life.” 25.7.2001, Nelson Mandela

This piece is hand signed by Nelson Mandela underneath the Artist’s Motivation and is from a set of 6 images (edition of 950) with 125 Artist Proofs onto cream paper and 125 Artist Proofs onto white paper (printed onto a single strip).


Print: Signed

Size:  21 cm x 14 cm (unframed)

Edition: 278/950

Paper: Cream Cotton Paper, 310 Incisioni Board

Authenticity: Signed & numbered with the Nelson Mandela’s emboss

SKU: ART012 Category:


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