As well as the printed images, the Born Free exhibition includes six of Ilvy's videos, edited by expert multimedia makers at Metropolisfilm in Utrecht, the Netherlands. They are projected at large size using Canon's flagship installation projector, the Canon XEED WUX6000. "It makes the wall look like a moving picture," says Ilvy. "It's really cool to have the videos in between like that."
Ilvy feels the exhibition does justice to what has become the project of a lifetime. "I'm really happy with the way it looks," she continues. "It's just amazing to have a project come to life after years of seeing the pictures on my laptop and Instagram. There's such a big difference between holding a print and seeing it on your laptop. Some of the images are printed so big that it almost seems like the people in them are looking at you.
"It's a luxury to have a solo exhibition – there are about 100 pictures printed so it's bigger than I could have dreamed. It's great being published in newspapers and it's still the thing I really live for: to get published, to get stories out there. But to see it on the wall like that is quite something."
"It's so nice to be able to see your work hanging in an exhibition or on someone's wall. To see your images printed is such a reward."
Ilvy's Born Free: Mandela's Generation of Hope exhibition was first shown at Museum Hilversum in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The work will additionally travel as a projection to Malaysia, India and Italy. Ilvy is also hoping to take the exhibition to venues in South Africa and the USA.