Sunday, May 16, 2010

Applying art to spread hatred!

The picture in this posting was scanned from today’s
Rapport Newspaper. The deplorable works of art displayed here were painted by a Du Noon artist, Ayanda Mabulu, who feels that his ‘freedom of expression’ has been violated, because his paintings were barred from an art exhibition held in a private space. And what’s more, --- the man was even advised beforehand that his works could possibly offend.

Well done Rapport! You have again succeeded in propelling a confused, relatively unknown individual (whose services society does not really need) into fame and fortune, by giving him free advertising on page 3 of your newspaper! I’m sure that by Monday morning, or even sooner, this man will have sold these hideous paintings to the highest bidder!

Artist barred from exhibition for 'offensive' paintings

By Aziz Hartley

Pig heads, the apartheid South African flag and late AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's head on a tray were not what a retail clothing store had in mind when it invited an artist to exhibit his works.

Truworths had invited Du Noon artist Ayanda Mabulu and other artists to put their paintings on display in the foyer of the company's Cape Town offices this week. But when he arrived with his work of art on Monday, he was sent packing, Mabulu said yesterday.

A painting had a pig's head next to the flag, another had a pig-headed horseman dressed in black, while the third showed Terre'Blanche's head on a platter behind that of a pig's head.

"I asked the woman in charge why my works were turned down. She said it was because they were political.

"I'm upset because as artists we should be free to express ourselves. By painting the old flag and pigs, I tried to show the filthiness of that era. I respect the death of Mr Terre'Blanche and I'm not saying he is a pig. I'm trying to portray what he did," Mabulu said.

Gail Moffat, who heads Truworths' social involvement project, said she saw Mabulu's work for the fist time on Monday.

"I felt his paintings were not suitable for the exhibition. The three paintings are controversial and we felt apprehensive about it. It could have caused controversy."

She said Mabulu had been offered an opportunity to stage a solo exhibition at a later stage.

Mabulu had said he would accept the offer on condition the paintings in question be exhibited.

"They probably expect me to paint fruit, beautiful people and other nice things. No thank you."

Andre Barnard, manager of Good Hope Studios, which mentors artists and runs workshops sponsored by Truworths, said Mabulu had been advised beforehand his works could offend. "We allow artists to express themselves. Unlike an art gallery where they can display works freely, this exhibition is in a private space. We did not want to create offence."


Most of the readers comments related to this story, as published on reflects the twisted minds of a very sick society. It is also obvious that most of these readers never read the closing words in the above article.

Here are a few of these pathetic comments:

“….freedom of expression is a right. without artists society would be boring…”

“I think its fowl to sensor art! It should be seen as nothing but expression of societal problems!....”

“I really sympathise with my brother. I think your freedom of expression as an artist has been unfairly infringed…”

“From what little I can see of the paintings, they are excellent!...”

“Okay, so Truworths founds depicting the past as filthy being offensive! In other words, Truworth does not believe the past was filthy. Sies, My family will never set foot in that store.”

I’m not sure of this chap is serious, or not…

“I paint by using parts of my body. My privates actually. My work is incredible, easily rivaling the great masters. I'm planning to quit my job and support my family with this talent.”

And to think these people live among us!


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

All do respect we are all entitled to human rights, rights that have been violated by an era of oppresion of the native race. If we cant deal with race issues and be able voice our concerns wether it is through the medium of art them we might as well be stll be living in the times of the past.

The artist Ayanda Mabulu has not only depicted the realities of white violation and discrimination of black people within the country past, but is holding the leaders of that unjust system accountable. We cant shy away and pretend that the image portayed in the painting is of false intention...I actualyy think the reason it evokes so much debate is that artist account of the painting is hitting home as the realities of the unjust past are constantly re-surfurcing.

all Ayanda did was paint a picture of a man who devoted his life into white supremecy through seperation and rifts between the people of this country..The artist is telling a story through his art and all Terre' Blanches did was support and be the on the leading forefront of a system of false and harsh identeties to the people of our country.

So you know what they say..if you cant handle the heat get out of the kitchen...

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