Friday 19th July 2019,

“Let’s do the Mugabe thing”


By: Gresham Nyaude

“Let’s do the Mugabe thing” that’s what they call it. Both the participating artists and curators and the faculty (including Nii Obodai, the photographer from Ghana, and curators Nontombeko Ntombela from South Africa and Nonstikelelo Mutiti, Filipe Branquinho, Gabriella Salgado, and artist Mauro Pinto etc.) were part of that crazy act during our photo sessions.

This action is tapping from the reactions to the painting “him being again (Nepotism)” which mimics a news anchor describing Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in sign language surrendering or saluting with two hands in the air, to symbolise the high status of the president in the television news.

From the day I presented the painting to the other participants and the facilitators I still wonder how and why that pose always finds its way in the group photos since it is a painting I would not start to show if someone visits my studio space in Harare in Zimbabwe, because “yeah one of those” I call it.GN1

Gresham Nyaude, “him being again (Nepotism)” 2013

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Above images courtesy Daut Makala and Nancy Mteki


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