Depicting President Jacob Zuma in an artwork is a tricky business. It led to a court case for Brett Murray and caused a painting by Ayanda Mabulu to be censored at the Joburg Art Fair, until David Goldblatt intervened and reversed the decision. Colbert Mashile’s painting titled Truth or Dare, which is being exhibited at his eponymous show at Everard Read Cape Town, won’t cause as much of a ruckus, despite Zuma being the central protagonist and depicted as a baboon. The only tell-tale sign that he is the  subject is the shower motif, which cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro aka Zapiro employed as a defining index of Zuma’s identity. Zapiro got into hot water for depicting politicians as monkeys. This hasn’t put Mashile off; he digs into his animal metaphor in this exhibition. The softly spoken and retiring artist doesn’t appear to be seeking attention, or wanting to stir things up too much. In his art and in this exhibition, he enjoys treading on the edge of truth. "I make art intuitively. ...

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