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Why art should break boundaries

Artist, Ayanda Mabulu has created another controversial painting, called 'The Pornography of Power'. The book depicts a naked President Jacob Zuma with a young woman, who represents South Africa.

The artwork has created a stir and backlash from the public and the ANC.

702's John Robbie spoke to Wits School of Arts Professor Raimi Gbadamosi, who said Mabulu's artwork should be judged on its own merit. He said the painting is a representative of allegory paintings, which include figures emblematic of different emotional states of mind or personifying other abstract concepts, and should help us engage with our society.

Listen to the conversation below:

Personally, I think boundaries are for people who believe there are limitations to a person’s imagination. Every change that has ever happened in society has been because of people breaking boundaries.

Professor Raimi Gbadamosi, Artist and Professor at Wits School of Art

WARNING: Graphic content of a sexual nature. Click here to see Mabulu's painting of President Zuma.


This article first appeared on 702 : Why art should break boundaries


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