Ayanda Mabulu on Nelson Mandela: "Nelson Mandela is me, Nelson Mandela is you, Nelson Mandela is your neighbour. Nelson Mandela is everyone. He was hope, back in 1994, something to hold onto. The dreams of hope, everything Mandela and the people fought for were thrown into the rubbish by these people who did not care."
Mabulu fears that the country is in the situation it was in because of people who do not have a conscience, and have abused the fragile state which Mandela left behind. "Do we go there and create a nice beautiful artwork that is going to hang in Sandton? Fuck that. We cannot metaphorise bullshit here. It's personal. It is fucken personal right now."
"To be black is to understand the importance of your neighbour and to put your neighbour first. Our black president died in 2013 (when Mandela died). And [Steve] Biko and [Thomas] Sankara have been reborn in us."
AYANDA MABULU / Lucky Star: Pink and Green (Mandela)
Ayanda Mabulu, is the enfant terrible of South African art and the most controversial yet most talented artists in South Africa, with an unflinching criticism of the current regime, and the inherent challenges faced by those who are subject to discrimination. Aya has been internationally exhibited and is credited with being one of the most important artists in the wave of South African artists who are collected in the lucrative Chinese market.