City Press caught up with Pearl Modiadie and Nkululeko Tshirambula, who are competing in season eight of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa. Even though being on the show has its high and lows – the two say they appreciate the opportunity.
The broader body of work falls under the banner Alphabet of Democracy.
Kannemeyer said: “It’s more of a mirror than a position. My main impulse for making the work is a reaction to censorship and what happened with The Spear ... I know there was a discussion at the time that white artists are not allowed to satirise a black man’s penis, but at the same time I read reports about primary schoolgirls being impregnated by their teachers ... If I think it’s important, then it’s my duty to make a work about it. I’ve done plenty of works about white penises.”
A far more controversial work in the show features rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen and Jesus, with the latter’s penis very visible.
Kannemeyer started his work under apartheid with the anti-establishment Bitterkomix, which was banned as late as December 1994.
His show also pays homage to Chris Hani and Steve Biko – who influenced him when he was a student – while lampooning Zuma, Julius Malema, PW Botha and Thabo Mbeki’s Aids denialism.
Oscar Pistorius gets his own letter of the alphabet, M is for Murder and Mayhem, and Helen Zille and Mamphela Ramphele’s famous awkward kiss is titled K is for Kissing.
“The political landscape has changed and I wanted this show to reflect that.
“The rainbow nation time is over. The gloves have come off. But I’m not pessimistic. I think the work is positive. Critical analysis is a positive thing to me,” said Kannemeyer.
(Photos: Supplied/City Press)
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