oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Die politiek van die estetiese in 'n postkoloniale konteks : menswaardigheid en vryheid van uitdrukking in die debat rondom Brett Murray se skildery : regte

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1995-5928



Hierdie artikel behels 'n regsfilosofiese bespreking van die polemiek oor die uitstalling en publikasie van Brett Murray se skildery . Die artikel plaas die skildery binne die Suid-Afrikaanse postkoloniale konteks en binne die parameters van die postkoloniale kritiek as 'n benadering tot die skildery. Vervolgens word die regsposisie aangaande die vermeende konflik tussen die reg op vryheid van spraak en die reg op beskerming van menswaardigheid krities bespreek. Die skrywers kom tot die gevolgtrekking dat die reg op vryheid van spraak hoogstens in hierdie konteks as 'n geregverdigde beperking van die reg op beskerming van menswaardigheid beskou kan word. Die artikel sluit af met 'n bespreking van die spanning tussen etiek en regspolitiek. In hierdie verband word die geweld van representasie () bespreek en word die slotsom bereik dat se steun op koloniale kategorieƫ van uitbeelding sigself (as doeltreffende politieke kommentaar in die naam van die Ander) vernietig het.

The controversy around Brett Murray's painting titled , in which Jacob Zuma is depicted in the style of a famous poster of Vladimir Lenin - but with his genitals exposed - creates the space for responsible and informed debate about the politics of representation in South Africa against the larger background of respect for the South African Constitution and the authors' view of this document as embodying a post-liberal vision.
The authors argue that it must be recognised that such a debate around the meaning and effect of occurs within a specific South African post-apartheid (and thus post-colonial) context. As Achille Mbembe points out, the post-colonial critique of society derives, on one hand, from the anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggle and on the other hand from aspects of the Western philosophical tradition. It aims at exposing the inherent violence underlying a specific conceptualisation of Reason. In the context of his post-colonial analysis Mbembe warns all South Africans against the dangers that arise for the polis when individuals are no longer capable of thinking for themselves and severely constricted space remains for meaningful debate, resistance and (artistic) expression in a country when this has the potential to be potentially hurtful to others. This danger emerges especially in situations where the intellectual space is closed off in the name of perverse notions of racial solidarity which in effect disregards respect for human dignity in the name of consolidating political power for post-colonial elites.

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