Last weekend a bomb was detonated at Lizamore & Associates’s gallery in Fairland, Johannesburg, briefly shattering the suburban quiet. The explosion also destroyed the most prominent work in Johan Stegmann’s solo exhibition — an exquisitely rendered charcoal self-portrait, the result of three months of hard artistic labour.

Stegmann wasn’t too troubled. He had lit the match.

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