Mab­ulu’s lat­est ‘art­work’, as usual, con­tro­ver­sial

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - LIL­LIAN SELAPISA AND KUTULLO MADISHA news@the­newage.co.za

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL artist Ayanda Mab­ulu has pub­lished an­other shock­ing paint­ing, this time an ex­plicit por­trait of for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela and Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

In his lat­est graphic of­fer­ing, Mab­ulu de­picts Zuma and Man­dela’s gen­i­talia in what ap­pears to be the pres­i­dent hav­ing in­ter­course with the late for­mer pres­i­dent.

The Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion has re­acted to the paint­ing say­ing while it ap­pre­ci­ated the pub­lic out­rage, it re­spected Mab­ulu’s free­dom of ex­pres­sion. “The foun­da­tion would like to ex­press that it re­spects Mr Mab­ulu’s right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion. We, how­ever, find this paint­ing dis­taste­ful,” the foun­da­tion’s Luzuko Koti said.

The paint­ing, like many of his pre­vi­ous works, has at­tracted both crit­i­cism and pub­lic de­bate on so­cial me­dia. While some have lam­basted his “testos­teronetrig­gered” cre­ativ­ity oth­ers have said he was ex­er­cis­ing his free­dom of speech.

“Ayanda Mab­ulu’s new art­work is even more crass! I un­der­stand the con­cept of be­ing provoca­tive as an artist but nah man, this is too much,” @Ru­pert­tweeted.

“That was im­be­cilic and show­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of vac­u­ous tal­ent Ayanda Mab­ulu. That’s no way to use a skill,” @ fanel­liegh said.

Some users at­tempted to find the “philo­soph­i­cal” mean­ing be­hind Mab­ulu’s lat­est work. “As dis­taste­ful as it is, Ayanda Mab­ulu, it oc­curred to me, could he be try­ing to de­pict that JZ is eff­ing over Tata Madibas legacy?” @ aman­da_m­chlophe said.

The ANC Youth League has lam­basted Mab­ulu’s lat­est work. The league’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza said some­thing was amiss with Mab­ulu’s men­tal health.

“That man is high on drugs. He must be in­ves­ti­gated and raided by the po­lice,” he said.

The art­work

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