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i-jusi Issue #31- iZuma
This artwork is featured in the i-Jusi Issue #31 - iZuma
The concept revolves around the idea of conspiracies. The idea of something that is going on behind the scenes which is covered up in such a way that it is not noticed. Zuma serves as the capsule from which everything that is going on, is hidden. In result people place their focus on Zuma’s behaviour without noticing what is going on and focusing on what is really important. Zuma’s mannerisms and behaviour in court, which people tend to comment a lot on, is not what is causing the problems of this nation. Zuma’s laugh for example, people often refer to how humorous he is and that his comical behaviour is not suitable for parliament and his role as president.
Zuma’s behaviour and provoking gestures are present all over social media, which clearly shows that people focus on things that doesn’t seem to be the problem. People maunder as soon as Zuma’s does something that seems culturally inappropriate. South Africa certainly has greater problems than Zuma being humoristic in court.
This artwork illustrates Zuma as a puppet who is controlled by other people in power, who’s faces and deeds does not surface. In the artwork Zuma is depicted as a typewriter who is orchestrated by someone else of which the person’s identity is unknown. Zuma just keeps on reciting whatever the orchestrator tells him to say or do.
Underneath Zuma are all the people who are not seen by the public, because of Zuma that conceals them. They seem to live leisurely, knowing that they won’t get caught. The sewed strings represents the idea of Zuma being a puppet and controlled by other people. In result, Zuma becomes this giant rock that comes in the way of a growing nation.
The aim for this artwork is to show that commenting on Zuma’s behaviour is a form of cultural
appropriation, making it seem that he is unfit for the job from a Western cultural inheritance. People should rather focus on the actual problems in South Africa. This might help solve the problems instead of staying oblivious towards them by addressing matters of insignificance.