Art and Experience: An exhibition of photos featuring the funeral services for the South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela will open today (January 3) 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Entitled “Nelson Mandela Forever”, the 3-day exhibit showcases photos taken by Iranian filmmaker and photographer Meysam Shahbabai, while he was attending the ceremony in the village of Qunu, where Mandella was buried on December 15, 2013, ten days after his death.

The UN General Assembly has declared July 18 “Nelson Mandela International Day” and Shahbabai arranged several exhibits in South Africa, France and the United States in 2016.

He also displayed the photos and the book containing the photos in an exhibition in Tehran on July 18 to mark the birthday anniversary of Mandela.

The ceremony was attended by the United Nations Information Center Director, Maria Dotsenko.

Shahbabai is making a documentary, which will put the spotlight on the life story of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for defying the racist apartheid government that led South Africa for decades. He emerged from prison in 1990 and became South Africa’s first Black president four years later.

Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 after months of struggling with an illness.