Die Antwoord exhibition draws hate mail

2012-09-21 10:56
Cape Town - The owner of a gallery in Cape Town has received hate mail due to an exhibition featuring SA zef rappers Die Antwoord by photographer Roger Ballen, reports Die Burger.

The images, currently being displayed at the gallery, contains drawings of genitals in the background of some of the photos.

"This is the first time that something like this has happened to me. But when you combine Ballen and Die Antwoord, you have to expect such a response," Heidi Erdmann, the owner of the Erdmann Contemporary gallery, told Die Burger.

'It's vulgar'

One of the mails she received reads: "It's vulgar. It's worse than looking at people eating meat."

The opening of the exhibition was held on Tuesday evening and Erdmann says the response she received from visitors was positive. She added that Ballen's newest work is sure to have people talking.

Ballen is also popular for his works such as Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa and Platteland: Images from Rural South Africa.

He went on tour earlier this year with Die Antwoord while they were producing the music video for their song I Fink U Freeky. The video has already reached more than 14 million hits on YouTube.

The exhibition will continue until 27 October.

See Roger Ballen's Die Antwood photographs here.


  • dolphindunes.guesthouse - 2012-09-21 11:04

    "It's vulgar. It's worse than looking at people eating meat." hahahaha, typical vegetarian...

      matewis1 - 2012-09-21 12:31

      How do you spot the Vegan/Vegetarian in a group? Don't worry, they'll tell you...

      CydonianKnight - 2012-09-21 12:50

      Do you know what they called the village idiot who couldn't hunt or fish? a Vegan!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-21 12:52

      Typical way for people to get fame if they dont have talent

      sean.stretch.3 - 2012-09-21 12:55

      boohoo! typical conservative south african public, if you don't like then don't look!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-21 15:18

      @ fredster - what do you know about having talent? Are you selling your own original form of art to the world? No. Did you have your posters all over Time Square in NY? No. Did you get invited to playing live on the Letterman show? No. Do you have 15 million hits on youtube? So STFU.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-09-21 18:53

      don't like meat, but she sure likes the bone....

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-22 10:34

      They are freaky and I like them a lot

      joanne.fairbrother - 2012-10-17 11:24

      Actually, I believe Die Antwoord are both vegetarian.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-21 11:16

    Whoever wrote the hatemail needs to get laid methinks. Losers!

      stuka.nel - 2012-09-21 12:11

      first read 50 shades of grey..the get laid..bwahaha

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-09-21 11:21

    No, they need to eat meat. Raw. With chillies.

  • Tobie Vd Vyver - 2012-09-21 12:23

    Maybe die antwoord should stick to pictures, cause damn their music sucks...I cannot think that someone can actually enjoy it.

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-09-21 12:42

      At least they are a hell load more original than most of the Afrikaans "Sangers" out there.

      daniele.zanato - 2012-09-21 13:23

      Tobie, stick to listening to Nicholas Louw cause he are great! I can like it when he sing wif his jean pant.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-21 15:13

      HAHAHHAAAA>.. daniele....perfect reply!

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-09-21 17:50

      Agreed, stupid pictures and tappet subjects! These idiots take creative license to the garbage heap! Worse than vegans!

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-09-21 17:53

      daniele.zanato - September 21, 2012 at 13:23 And this coming from someone that listens to I Fink U Freeky?? LOL!!

      angela.monaghansandells - 2012-09-21 19:37

      I don't like them at all, can't stand rap music either. But - I have to give them credit for successfully marketing total crap...and making themselves a fortune by doing so.

      russellblack.cowan - 2012-09-22 10:22

      @Tobie Vd Vyver @frank @ angela.monaghansandells - They're certainly 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 times better than Steve Hofmeyr and they got more talent than you 3 combined.

      russellblack.cowan - 2012-09-22 10:45

      @angela.monaghansandells. Dawg, you are so igorant about rap music. I'll bet you havn't even listened to it and it is better than the stuff you listened. Just remember, rap is about expressing yourself and most rappers have achieved way more than you despite most of their difficult upbrining. So before you spew your ignorant and closed-minded views about rap music, liten to both local and international artists like Meel Mill,Lil Wayne,Kanye West,Rick Ross,Hydro,Blacklez,Breeze,AKA,Pro,L-Tido etc and you'll actully see the deeper meaning of their lyrics. Just remember, rapping is a highly skilled talent. And just as a matter of intrest, have you ever actully listened to rap and Die Antwoord in your life.

      angela.monaghansandells - 2012-09-22 11:17

      Dear narrow minded Russell - I don't have to like what you like. You don't have to be a huge Metallica or AC/DC or metal fan just because I am. I enjoy a wide variety of music. I also collect originals and support my favourite artists instead of ripping everything off the internet. I think rap is crap - you in turn probably think metal is just a noise. You are probably half my age judging by your rambling and music choice. Rappers are not the only musicians who have had hard lives and write about it. I wasn't born in the 60's but I do think many of those bands were very influential on today's artists - and are brilliant - which is why many are still rocking well into their 60's and 70's. Having said all that...I still do admire Die Antwoord for their achievements. However I'd rather not play songs about \jou ma se p**\ in a fishpaste jar\ it's just not my style. Lady Gaga also markets herself well, I like her though. Thank you for taking the time to give me the rather crude lesson on rappers. I do know who they are - I listen to music and also read a lot - that's how I came to the conclusion that I don't like them. You're entitled to your opinion, as am I - wouldn't the world be a boring place of we were all alike. I am very open minded and accept people for who they are, their likes and dislikes included and give credit where I think it's due. As for your feeble attempts to insult me, I'd first have to value your opinion.

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-09-24 00:30

      Black B.E.E Diamond - September 22, 2012 at 10:22 Well, seeing you're such a huge fan of these tappets and your moniker spells out your work ethic, your talent must by down in the gutter and you shouldn't speak of something you obviously know squat off!

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-09-24 00:34

      Black B.E.E Diamond Oh and BTW, rappers are natures way of showing aspiring no-talents how incredibly stupid they would sound with a mike on a stage!

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-09-21 12:31

    Creativity has more than 50 shades...

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-09-21 13:59

    I guess Vegans don't do oral sex then if they don't eat meat???

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-21 18:21

      They just don't swallow!

  • nool.kop - 2012-09-21 14:10

    Whose genitals though? I'd not mind looking at Yolandi's, but Ninja's might make we want to throw up in my mouth a little.

  • Tawizee - 2012-09-21 15:24

    More spears @the gallery?

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-21 18:19

    If you don't like it, don't go, ignore it. Just allow freedom of choice. Personally I would not go see it but I sure as hell am not going to interfere if someone thinks it's art. Just allow for tolerance and freedom of coice

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-22 09:11

    Ha. Ha ha ha more vulgar than watching someone eat meat.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-23 16:37

    talk about \genitals on fire\ just lol. the only comments should be lol

  • kristen.ricciardelli.9 - 2012-10-01 23:13

    See Die Antwoord at their next show at the Voodoo Experience at the end of the Month. Win a trip from Fuse here on.fuse.tv/voodooXP

  • kristen.ricciardelli.9 - 2012-10-01 23:14

    See Die Antwoord at their next show at the Voodoo Experience at the end of the Month. Win a trip from Fuse here on.fuse.tv/voodooXP

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