Shame Monna, Aunty Panga is very concerned about you. It must be such a great shock for you to see all the dirty little facts of South Africa’s participation on the 2011 Venice Biennale seeping to the surface, like the flotsam from a dysfunctional sewage system. Aunty Panga is especially concerned since all the details provided to date by DAC, paint you as the really bad guy. Don’t worry, Aunty Panga is sure that you won’t have to be the lonely polony in the naughty corner , all by your little lonesome for long. Aunty Panga is sure there will be others coming to join you there soon.
PM suggest that you, darling Panga people, read Matthew Blackman’s piece published today on Artthrob click here.
PM quotes just one part from the above mentioned report.
“With regards to finances, the department did include proof of two payments made to Mr Mokena’s company, CulArt, totalling R10 million.”
And then, the generous PM, will provide you , the interested reader, with a scanned copy of the budget and answers given to parliament, in response to all those pesky questions sent to Mr Minister (that would be you Paul) and the DAC.
PM could unpack the ludicrous nature of this budgets accuracy like a picnic basket, one Tupperware of generalisation, inaccuracy, bullshit and thumb suck at a time, but it’s Friday, and PM has Lemon Meringue to eat. So PM is just going to get the ball rolling and you can run with it from there. Lets start with an easy one. The budget covers the costs of commissioning artworks by 4 artists to the total of R600 000.00, that would be R150 000.00 per artist, yet only three artists went. Did the artists really receive R150 000.00 each? and what happened to the other R150 000.00 ? At a glance of this budget you can find handfuls of inaccuracies.
So how was the money really spent? Who really benefited?