IN 1992 AND IN 2012 SOUTH AFRICAN ARTWORKS DESTROYED – WHAT HAS CHANGED?

If PM’s memory serves PM correctly, it was in 1992 that uniformed members of the right-wing group Afrikaner Weerstandbeweging (Afrikaans Resistance Movement) destroyed a ceramic sculpture depicting Eugene Terre’blanche that was on exhibition in the South Africa National Gallery (Now called the Iziko South Africa National Gallery). PM seems to remember that they called the image “monstrous” and threatened to blow up the gallery. PM cant remember what the artwork really looked like, besides the fact it was ceramic ( PM hates ceramics ) and PM cant remember the artist’s name. PM does however remember the dumbasses who destroyed it, and PM only remembers the artwork existing at all, because somebody destroyed it. There is a lesson in that, sometimes things go away because you ignore them. Twenty years later and what has changed?

Well one thing has changed. Panga Management is amazed that people think that in this day and age you can destroy an image. Images live on in photographs , on-line and can’t be destroyed with the “original” so why bother with the destructive act?  PM puts this down to “physical criticism” which PM always finds rather amusing,  futile and of course counter productive, but amusing none the less . PM can’t find any of the original news articles online about the 1992 incident, or an image of the artwork in question. If somebody has them please email them through and PM will put them up on the blog.

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2 Responses to IN 1992 AND IN 2012 SOUTH AFRICAN ARTWORKS DESTROYED – WHAT HAS CHANGED?

  1. Hey Panga,
    The work was called “Eugene Terre’Blanche and his two Sidekicks”. Think the artist was Gael Neke.

  2. Thanks TTS, you are very quick on the draw!

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