S Africa – row over Zuma penis painting

Mail and Guardian

Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery will not remove a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his penis exposed because that would be censorship.

The ANC says it was “outraged” by artist Brett Murray’s “distasteful and indecent” depiction of President Jacob Zuma with his penis exposed.

Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery will not remove a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his penis exposed because that would be censorship.

“We feel it is censorship to take the image down,” gallery spokeswoman Lara Koseff said on Friday.

The ANC earlier sent the gallery a letter from its lawyers demanding its removal. The ruling party also wants an image of the Brett Murray painting titled “The Spear” removed from the City Press website.

The newspaper refused, saying it would leave it to a court to decide.

Goodman Gallery Director Liza Essers said in a statement: “It is a sad day for South Africa when creative production is being threatened with censorship from our ruling party.

While the views expressed by our artists are not necessarily those of the gallery, we support our artists’ freedom of speech and expression and encourage them to show work that challenges the status quo, ignites dialogue and shifts consciousness.”  Read more…

Sowetan

See also: BBC -

South Africa’s governing ANC says it will go to court after a gallery exhibited a painting with President Jacob Zuma’s genitals hanging out.

Brett Murray’s painting by is an “abuse of freedom of artistic expression” said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

One response to “S Africa – row over Zuma penis painting

  1. We all earn the respect we are worth.everyone should ask themselves wat would an artist paint on them.don’t fight art but let’s sharpen our characters

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