Peekaboo! - Artists and Injustice

Within two weeks I have been to two art exhibitions, one in Lusaka of local artists and print makers and one in Helsinki featuring South African art. While I understand that artists have different focii and diverse inspiration, the contrast that struck me was how the Lusaka showing – set in one of the poorest countries in the world with entrenched gender inequality and growing economic inequality, raging homophobia, had negligible reference to these issues and how “the best of” Zambian art offered trifling opposition to the condition of our country and culture.