ART: To see and be seen
The outcry surrounding the inclusion of an artwork in the Javett-UP’s opening exhibitions has obscured a much more powerful narrative
Much of the reportage and commentary following the opening of theJavett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) has been dominated by the Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce’s (Sweat) condemnation of the decision to include a work by convicted murderer Zwelethu Mthethwa in an opening exhibition, and its request that it be removed.
Mthethwa killed sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo in 2013 and is serving an 18-year sentence. Sweat says its zero-tolerance approach to gender-based violence includes zero tolerance of the "consumption of art produced by perpetrators"...