Monday, March 29, 2010

Gallery Manager, artist arrested

from SWRadioAfrica

A well known artist Owen Maseko and Voti Thebe, the person in charge of the Bulawayo National Arts Gallery, were arrested on Friday, a day after they launched an exhibition of provocative paintings about the Gukurahundi era.

Gukurahundi was the name given to the armed conflict in Matabeleland and the Midlands in the mid 1980’s 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.

Shari Eppel, a human rights activist who spoke at the opening launch, told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the ceremony went ahead with no problem on Thursday but the police went to the art gallery the following day and started filming all the installation and pictures, and then arrested the two....

This latest development comes a day after a photo exhibition at Harare’s Delta Gallery, organized by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, was abandoned after police tried to confiscate the photographs on show, in defiance of a court order. They had previously seized all the photos and briefly arrested the organization’s director...

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