A brush too far? Six art pieces that stirred controversy in Africa


“A selection of bold, daring and provocative art makes up this list of six art pieces from around the continent. In one way or another, they challenged the communities they appeared in. Sometimes the artwork offended people’s political sensibilities, sometimes it challenged people’s sense of African social norms and customs. All this boundary-pushing art has inspired conversation, and serves as a rebuttal to anybody who thinks Africa is too conservative to produce counter-cultural art.”

The six art pieces described in the article by Aida Mbowa, are:

• Christ in “Sex Retreat” by John Kamicha, Kenya
• “China Loves Africa” series by Michael Soi, Kenya
• “The Spear” by Brett Murray, South Africa
• Untitled by Canon Rumanzi, Uganda
• Untitled by Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Egypt
• African Renaissance Monument, Senegal

Continue reading:

» Mail & Guardian Africa – 29 December 2015:
Censorship and courage: Looking back at Africa’s most controversial art (Warning: NSFW)
A selection of bold, daring and provocative art–this is only for the brave.

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