“The artist, Makode Linde, who is black and Swedish, said the piece was meant “to create a Westerner’s perception of Africa in contrast to the real picture of slavery and oppression”. The controversy continues to rage, but the minister, whose resignation is being demanded by the Association for African Swedes, didn’t specify that the first slice should be cut from the genital area and then fed to the artist posing as the head of the cake while he screamed and moaned. The artist did. The museum in which the incident took place has received bomb threats, but it was only fulfilling its function as an institution for the exhibition of art. The fact that the artist was of African descent provided a false sense of security to all those present, the assurance that everything must be okay because an African was behind it. Only now do they know that we too partake in the projection of the stereotypes we complain about.”
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“Diogene urbanbivoauc is a programme directed to international artists with the aim of experimenting a brand new method of close examination of the artist’s work and of his/her role in the society. The selected artist will be hosted in a small housing form (the Bivouac), built in an “interstitial” area of the city, that will become the place where the artist lives and works, experimenting a new way of strong interaction between the urban environment and its community. The Bivouac has been created using salvaged materials and a survival kit, reducing the needs to what is strictly necessary. It is an attitude that cannot be considered as an extreme survival experiment but rather as a wish to relate to the city, our “natural” habitat, seeking the essentiality.”
An image from Brett Murray’s exhibit “Hail to the Thief”, which is causing an uproar in South Africa. Amandla was the spiritual cry of the anti-apartheid movement. Murray’s show includes a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his penis exposed.
As the controversy over Brett Murray’s depiction of President Jacob Zuma rages on, the Mail & Guardian offers a thoughtful roundup of other art debates that have touched South Africa—from a boyish depiction of Shaka to a painting of Nelson Mandela on an autopsy table.