Mondli Kunene

My Vaderland se gat. Kuse Mzansi la

Acrylic on Board (A1), 2014

This painting can be put in comparison with the painting I did
titled: Where there is Water, there's Hope (2014). The title can be
deemed as controversial but one needs to understand that, as much as
there are black people still sharing a tap in their communities, there
also white homeless people in the midst of this "so-called new democracy
of hippocracy". The white "Hobo" sits on a park bench that has colours
similar to South African National Flag but those colours are not exact
same colours, meaning that South Africa is not what a country that it
claims to be when it says it is a country for all who live in it,
because if it is, then why would we not take care of the homeless
whites. As this "Hobo" is sitting contemplating, behind him is a
vandalized palisade fence and the vandalized part of it is a metaphor
for a "worm-hole" that this "Hobo" uses to escape the realities of
having South Africa now being run by Blacks, henceforth the background
is done in a la Jackson Pollock and that signifies the chaos during the
Apartheid-era where opportunities were available to the white Hobo, but
because he did not utilize the opportunities available to him back then,
he will wake up the the harsh realities of a new democratic South
Africa, ran by Blacks and plagued by young unemployed "Nyaope {synthetic
street drug} addicts" that sell metal for cash in order to sustain
their addiction.
As much as the title suggests that South Africa, is
a country of the Afrikaners' forefathers, black South Africans also
claim it is their own, but in essence, what WE have to understand is
this, WHETHER YOU ARE BLACK OR NOT, THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE AND WE
MUST UTILIZE THEM, OTHERWISE WE WILL ADD TO THE STATISTICS OF HOMELESS
PEOPLE THAT DID NOT GRAB HOLD OF THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAIL TO THEM.

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