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