Sunday, 28 March 2010

Free Owen Maseko

[Joshua] Nkomo signs the [Unity] Accord, 1987

Owen Maseko has been arrested. His crime? He dared to be bold. Maseko opened his exhibition on Thursday 25 March at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, an artist’s impression of the harsh reality of Gukurahundi as well as the decades of oppression and violence that have characterised Zimbabwe. Gukurahundi was the name given to the violence in Matabeleland and the Midlands in the mid 1980s that led to the deaths of an estimated 20,000 Ndebele people, after ZANU PF unleashed the notorious North Korean trained Fifth Brigade in the area. In a combination of graffiti, 3D installations and his painting Maseko unflinchingly dared to tell the truth, adding his usual and whimsical element of humour.
Voti Thebe, the Acting Director of the Gallery, was also arrested, but was freed later the same day.

pics & story jacked from www.owenmaseko.com
also see www.sokwanele.com for info on  what you can do to help Owen Maseko.

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