The President’s Penis | by Gillian Schutte

The President’s Penis | by Gillian Schutte

Over the past eighteen months there have been enough “Kaffir” slips of the tongue, from different echelons of White society, to prove that racism is alive and well and living on the tips of the tongues of most White South Africans. In many cases all it takes is a bit...

Freedom vs dignity in art debate | by Nickolaus Bauer

How far can artists go in satirising or sending up the powerful? That is the essence of the ­brouhaha over Brett Murray’s contentious The Spear painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed in a pose reminiscent of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin....

The Spear that divided the nation | by Professor Mbembe

AN OLD west African proverb compares the artist to a dog. Positioned at the interface of the human and the natural worlds, the dog in most ancient African societies enjoyed a slippery and highly ambiguous cultural status.  Neither a human being, nor a wild animal, it...