Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Ilvy Njiokiktjien is a photojournalist, filmmaker, podcast host and educator who has been creating and sharing stories for almost two decades. She is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and is a Contributing Photographer to the VII Foundation and a Canon Ambassador. Njiokiktjien is committed to documenting the social and political issues that shape our world. Her work is characterized by a sensitive eye and a compassionate and personal relationship with her subjects. For 12 years, she chronicled South Africa’s first post-apartheid generation. Njiokiktjien became intrigued by these young adults and portrayed them in her own, personal and intimate style. The result is the project Born Free – Mandela’s Generation of Hope, which sparked a documentary, an interactive website, a book, feature articles, and a traveling exhibition.

Current Exhibitions Featuring Ilvy Njiokiktjien


Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 on show

1in6by2030 is a multi-year, global visual storytelling project, involving photographers around the world. Launched in 2023 by Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien and Sara Terry, all contributing photographers to the VII Foundation, 1in6by2030 documents an unprecedented era in the history of humankind: by the year 2030, 1 in 6 people in the world will be over the age of 60.

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Archive Exhibitions Featuring Ilvy Njiokiktjien

I Am Because We Are

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5
 archive : 2020

With a higher proportion of the Dutch population finding co-living as a solution to the rising cost of living, providing elder-care, living sustainably, and coping with loneliness, these alternative options have become more available, and diverse.

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BORN FREE – Mandela’s Generation of Hope

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

In 1994, twenty five years ago, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president and his nation was a free country. The children born around that time are now young adults: the born-free generation for whom racial segregation is a thing of the past. But how free are they now?

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