PM wonders… How does one unclog ones art without surgery or drugs? This has become the question to klap all others, following the announcement that the Imaginary Fat : Contemporary South African Art and the Appetite exhibition will be representing South Africa at the 55th Venice Biennale.  Aunty Panga is so pleased some thoughtfull person set up a Facebook page click here to follow the menu developments .


“How can one unclog ones art or clean ones art without surgery?” And, “What are some good art foods?”

Aunty Panga has some suggestions.  First, stop doing the things that gave you atherosclerosis in the first place.  In other words, your art didn’t become clogged just by luck or chance, and hopefully you are already aware of this.

They became clogged through a series of choices. These choices cover the foods you have chosen to eat over your lifetime and the level of exercise in which you have chosen to participate. So, before we get into the strategies and therapies that can reverse atherosclerosis and unclog art, let’s talk about stopping the clogging process in the first place.

There is a huge myth out there about what causes clogged art and art disease. And the myth is a carryover from the 1980s when the big dietary enemy was fat.

And here’s the big mistake of it: all fats were lumped into the same group. So whether it was fat from fish oils or fat from beef lard or imaginary fat, it was all considered to be the same fat and it was all considered to be the enemy of human health.

So what does all of this have to do with stopping the clogging of your art? It’s simple, actually. There are healthy, good fats that you must get into your diet if you wish to unclog your art. And today it is well-known that those fats include omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils, and monounsaturated fats. Basically, the kind of fats you find in oily fish, nuts, seeds, and fruits like avocados (which is, yes, technically a fruit, not a vegetable).

But let’s talk now about a strategy that’s absolutely free and that will protect you from plaque build up in your art.

A lot of people think they know that hydrogenated oils are bad for them and they think they avoid those oils by not eating fried foods or other more obvious items. But here is where most people go wrong on this: hydrogenated oils are found in virtually every baked or fried and sometimes even frozen food product in the grocery store.

The thing is, then, most South Africans are consuming massive quantities of hydrogenated oils without even really recognizing it because they’re eating potato chips, nacho chips, and all sorts of other snack foods found in the hydrogenated oil aisle. As a result, they are getting atherosclerosis, or a built up of plaque in their art.

And over time, of course, it leads to widespread art disease.
But more importantly, it can lead to strokes, art attacks, and the need for art bypass surgery, which will set you back at least six figures, if not more.

This is, then, perhaps the single most important thing you can do to prevent the build up of plaque in your art. Avoid eating any food product made with hydrogenated oils which are not such Imaginary Fats. In fact they are very real and you can go and see them on exhibition in Venice from June 1st to November 24th, 2013 .

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  1. Michael Smith says:

    Depressingly, I was actually REALLY excited to see that the show was going to be about food and the appetite (I did think the inclusion of Fat Bastard was your editorialising, admittedly). Imagine my disappointment when I went to the link nestled in your post, and saw it’s actually about the archive. The fucking archive! Jesus suffering fuck! Haven’t we had enough archive for one lifetime? No-one’s going to do it as well as Kabakov. Ever. So lay off, wan academia; go back to your green tea and recriminations.

    I can see it now: the dense, self-referential catalogue essay by some luminary from UCT; the deadpan aesthetic in photos of fugitive items all ‘pregnant with meaning’ about ‘the lives of the marginalised’; screechy, preachy curation of a carefully selected, racially-diverse snapshot of SA contemporary art; and the whole thing being as dry as a funeral drum (ta Roger for that one).

    Thanks Aunty Panga, you vitriolic minx, for probably the last bit of fun anyone will have with this show.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Michael! Watch it. Your high school art students read this stuff. (Hey, how’s it going in the sector of high school art education, anyway?)

  3. Michael Smith says:

    It’s great, thanks, anonymous. And you’re rushing to judgment in assuming that my high school kids read anything that isn’t a Skrillex flyer or a protein shake container…

  4. Anonymous says:

    You guys are so limp.

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