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Ayanda Mabulu, Yakhal'inkomo (

Ayanda Mabulu Yakhal'inkomo ("Black Man's Cry"), 2013

View in a room Painting 98.4 x 133.9 x 2.8 inch Unique artwork


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  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Painting : acrylic, gold leaf, bank note

  • Themes

    Political and historical, African art

  • Support

    Painting on canvas without stretcher (shipped in a tube)

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    98.4 x 133.9 x 2.8 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    Ce tableau a été peint par Ayanda à la suite des grèves de la mine de platine de Marikana où, le 16 aout 2012, 34 mineurs grévistes furent tués par les forces de police.

    Cette peinture montre une scène de tauromachie où l’on voit un matador blanc, tenant une cape décorée aux couleurs du drapeau Sud-Africain, exécutant un mineur portant des cornes qui est également sous la rage d’un chien tenu en laisse par Jacob Zuma, lui-même marchant sur la tête d’un autre mineur à terre. On voit également que Julius Malema (au centre avec un habit blanc et un béret rouge) est effrayé par la scène, cet ennemi de Jacob Zuma est fondateur du parti opposant à l’ANC, « Economic Freedom Fighters ». Ce parti prône la nationalisation des mines ainsi que l’expropriation des terres sans compensation. Enfin, en haut du tableau, on voit le signe de l’ANC taché de sang avec, à sa droite, Cyril Ramaphosa, membre et futur vice-président de l’ANC, et sur la gauche, la Reine Elizabeth II et le Prince Charles s’amusant de la scène.

    Ce tableau a été exposé par une galerie Sud-Africaine pendant la foire FNB à Johannesburg en 2013 où notre galerie exposait également. Cependant, le directeur de la foire demanda à la galerie de retirer ce tableau pour éviter de « choquer » les sponsors et VIP’s.

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Ayanda Mabulu

Born in: 1981 South Africa
Translation in progress

Ayanda Mabulu (born in 1981) is a South African artist mostly known for his paintings.

Tackling the issues of inequality and its experiences in contemporary society, especially those that set the black body as a turf where violence occurs, Ayanda Mabulu is an internationally recognized South African artist. 

By using satirical imagery, he depicts and juxtaposes powerful leaders, masters, and mistresses with defenseless victims of greed, oppression, poverty, and systematic racism. The discourse of power, culture, and identity arranged in narrative sequences that further exaggerate the already grotesque history of exploitation and its inheritance plays itself in the work. His work is exhibited in minds of his people and dances in their tongues in everyday conversations that seek to rebuild the black community. 

Facing the situation where there are clearly hunters and the hunted, the artist is unable to find a 'polite and subtle' way to “address and depict social issues of our time were the human condition is deteriorating because of the style of politics inflicted by those in power" that leave the powerless starving and desperate so they can be easily controlled. In 2010, the artist painted a piece where he depicted president Jacob Zuma and various political leaders nude. The painting received little public, news, and media attention. 

However, it was rediscovered two years later in a bigger political controversy revolving around the work of Brett Murray, whose work The Spear depicted president Jacob Zuma in a pose reminiscent of Lenin, with his genitals exposed. Speaking of techniques, Mabulu simply doesn't believe in them. Having similar role as accents, techniques take away the core of what he's trying to convey, so “being me is my inspiration and being me and being part of the Black community and being part of the African Culture is my uniqueness."

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