Ayanda Mabulu's recent painting have raised eyebrows, with some calling his work offensive and disrespectful.
The controversial artist's paintings, titled #ZuptaStateCapture, depict President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.
This Ayanda Mabulu doesn't strike me as the sort to worry about public opinion. He gets the attention, gets X buyers and goes home happy.— Songezo Zibi (@SongezoZibi) July 13, 2016
Freedom in art, is freedom in society. #AyandaMabulu ✊🏽🎨— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) July 12, 2016
In response to the furore, Mabulu said his work was inspired by issues South Africans are talking about, which he believes is 'important to document'.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to political analyst and author, Eusebius McKaiser, about whether the recent paintings are offensive or not.
Listen to the conversation below:
It's a poor work of art, but what's been even poorer has been some of the criticism.— Eusebius McKaiser, author and political analyst
McKaiser said that critics need to own their own subjective engagement with artworks, regardless whether they find it disgusting or offensive.
Some people have this idea that the only kind of art forms that are socially or morally acceptable must be art that doesn't offend anyone.— Eusebius McKaiser, author and political analyst
You can see the image here. Warning: Graphic imagery
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