Beezy Bailey captures the iconic figure of Nelson Mandela with wit and the irreverence of a genuine iconoclast. This collection is a vivid, touching and
illuminating journey around Madiba that teases, tantalises and transfixes the viewer in an effervescent celebration. The symbolic tapestry of South Africa’s haunting landscape, secretive mists, visceral imagery of birds and broken shacks weave and float around the elusive, multi-dimensional charisma of a man who has always reminded us that love is central to liberation, and the masses, not great men, are the true creators of history.
Bailey achieves what few others – in speech, written word and art – have managed to do. Through Bailey’s prism the icon is captured in all his grace, simplicity and dignity. Bailey the iconoclast does what Mandela would wish. The saint is a human being. This exhibition is a treasure-trove.
Ronnie Kasrils – Former Minister of Intelligence and comrade of Nelson Mandela