Ayanda Mabulu was born in King William's Town in 1981. He moved to
where he started working as a full time artist at the
Good Hope Art studios. He has been involved with a various community projects
including teaching art skills to hiv orphans. He participated in Art projects
in the community where he picked up a few basic techniques of painting. These
skills helped develop his unique style. Cape Town
Our discussion today was about freedom of expression in this new democracy we have in South Africa. This dynamic and conscious artist touched on issues of black consciousness, how the people must take back their power from those in power and the role of the arts in a functional democracy. Ayanda Mabulu feels very strongly that artists HAVE TO tell the stories of the environments that they find themselves in and be allowed to do so uncensored. We also spoke about his controversial painting Ngcono ihlwempu kunesibhanxo sesityebi (Better poor than a rich puppet)
Ayanda Mabulu's art is expressed in the way he speaks and is not just limited to the canvas. It permeates every ounce of his being.
VIVA Freedom of Expression VIVA
Ngcono ihlwempu kunesibhanxo sesityebi (Better poor than a rich puppet)
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