Mixed reviews over 'Umshini Wam' painting

Another revealing painting of Zuma has surfaced becoming the centre of attraction at a CT gallery.

Artist Ayanda Mabulu stands in front of his painting entitled Umshini Wam (Weapon of Mass Destruction) which went on display in Cape Town on  27 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A painting by a Du Noon artist showing President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed has become the centre of attraction at a Cape Town gallery.

The painting, currently on display at the AVA Gallery in the CBD is part of an exhibition entitled 'Our Fathers', went on display on Monday.

The piece called 'Umshini Wam' is selling for R75,000.

About 40 artworks are part of the exhibition, which is open until the end of September.

The African National Congress' (ANC) Keith Khoza said, "We will take a decision to confront this issue."

An art lover said, "I don't see anything wrong, I just like the artists skill."

Another visitor to the gallery said, "Art has always been a medium by which one expresses your feeling about politics, I think the artist has expressed this very clearly."

However, not everyone is in favour of the painting.

"According to our culture as Africans, I'm just not happy with the painting."

Artist Ayanda Mabulu explained it the painting is all about challenging people's perceptions and forcing them to think.

"I'm cultivating peoples' minds here and bringing back the culture of thinking. I'm not creating any controversy. This can only be controversial if it's being defined in Eurocentric languages."

Curator Chantal Louw said the gallery consulted extensively with all parties involved.

"We engaged amongst ourselves and with Ayanda, we engaged the board, and the selection committee. This conversation had to be quite fully developed before we actually put this work on exhibition."

The ANC has condemned the painting but couldn't confirm whether the party will take action against the gallery.


To view an unedited version of the painting click here. (Warning: Explicit content)