‘Proud Racist’ Artwork Has Tongues Wagging

Linda Stupart, News 24, May 17, 2015

Controversy is brewing around the selection of a work by a major South African artist, Willem Boshoff, for the country’s official exhibition at the Venice Biennale international art exhibition.

Young South African artists reacted strongly last week to Racist in South Africa, which has a prominent place on the group show What Remains is Tomorrow at the South African Pavilion in the Italian city.

It is a 120cm x 120cm piece of text engraved into aluminium, which rants in despair about the state of the nation.

The work begins with the line “I am proud to be labelled racist in South Africa if it means that . . .” and lists a plethora of gripes, each one framed within a rhetoric of racialised fears that include “I am revolted by ineffective, dim-witted 4 X 4 politicians; I am shocked that countless farm murders go unchallenged; I loathe it when the police take bribes without being punished.”

Boshoff says you can call him a racist if “I appreciate security walls, electrical fences and guard dogs; I fly into a rage when sports teams are forced to select undeserving players; I could scream in frustration when jobs are given to unqualified people and I am afraid for the lives of my children when they walk out into the street.”

Numerous South African visitors to the exhibition that City Press spoke to expressed disdain for the work. No one wanted to be named, but they included young local artists on the same show.

One artist referred to the piece as “a ballad of white privilege . . . I’ll never take Boshoff seriously again”. A significant player in the art scene said: “This work isn’t even a liberal white person ranting. It’s 100% conservative.” Another artist told City Press: “It’s 2015 and this is what South Africa has to show? I just don’t have time for this shit.”

Social-media users had a mixed response to the work. Many defended it, saying Boshoff was just speaking the truth. Others likened it to Steve Hofmeyr lyrics. Artists questioned its tone, saying Boshoff’s white, privileged position undermined the reality of crime and corruption on black South African lives and did not place crime and violence within a context–the after-effects of apartheid.

“I don’t have anything to say; the work speaks for itself,” said Boshoff when City Press told him about some of the responses. He said he made the work in 2011 when it was shown at a solo exhibition in Joburg and that he didn’t choose it for the biennale; it was chosen by a committee.

The 64-year-old is seen as a sage figure in South African art, crafting powerful, often abstract texts on to stone and other natural substances.

The show’s curators, Jeremy Rose and Christopher Till, scrambled to get the SA pavilion up in time after severe delays in the tender process. They were too late to make the biennale’s official guides and catalogues. At the pavilion’s opening, relief was expressed that they had got a show together in two weeks.

What Remains is Tomorrow is framed around xenophobic violence and features several prominent contemporary artists, including Mohau Modisakeng, Haroon Gunn-Salie and Nandipha Mntambo. Controversial artist Brett Murray has a video work on show.

The catalogue for the show reads that it is “neither a resigned acceptance of the mixed blessings of history nor a utopian gesture. Instead it conveys a desire to weight the present against what has preceded it and to cast ahead the possibility of alternative ways of being in the world, and of making the world.”

They state that “we have not wanted simply to present works that . . . offer a litany of wrongs and injustices”.

Contacted for comment, Till said that Boshoff’s explanation, which he had heard, “is that he’s far from being a racist but states that in bringing up any of those issues, the race card is played”.

“I half anticipated there would be some reaction to Boshoff’s work, but it wasn’t trying to be confrontational or creating a major issue in itself. But it was a voice, one among 13, and it’s expressed by an artist from a particular perspective,” added Till.

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  • superlloyd

    The response to Boshoff’s honesty is the usual blah blah blah. Idiot liberals offering no more than excuse making and myth peddling to cover up the perennial failures of the world. People who are too scared to look reality in the eye and prefer to project their self hatred outwards.

  • dd121

    I feel sorry for the whites who live there. They can’t expect any help from other whites around the world. It’s the first time a racial group has pledged support for genocide against their own kind. It’s madness.

    • George Moriarty

      If you want a daily dose of misery re the plight of our fellow whites in SA just look at Google News, South African Edition. Not much is said about Black on White crime but there are lots of stories about corruption and incompetence and not helped by their exploding Black population.

      • dd121

        They’re murdering a lot of whites. They have the same excuses for their failures as here in the USA: whitey’s fault.

    • Light from the East

      Survival is the most important thing no matter what liberals try to defame you.

  • Chip Carver

    I think he’s courageous. It will be interesting to see who stands with him if / when it hits the fan because of this show.

  • Caesar Avgvstvs

    Living in a country run by blacks at all levels of government will turn any normal, right-thinking white person into a diehard racist.

  • DaveMed

    What’s interesting is that there’s nothing that’s the slightest bit radical about what he wrote. In fact, there isn’t even any mention of race. There is no indication that he is a racial realist.

    Maybe he’s trying to slip the facts into a racial discussion by leading with the chosen caption, but he’s certainly not making a particularly strong racial point.

    • 4321realist

      “What’s interesting is that there’s nothing that’s the slightest bit radical about what he wrote.”

      Absolutely right.

      And this is just one more incident of pretending to be shocked, because someone had the cajones to write the truth, because radical leftists’ priorities place covering up the truth as more important than life itself, when it comes to blacks.

      Their reasons for doing as they do can’t be any clearer than the way they think generally, because it’s my belief that they believe if the truth is never spoken blacks will eventually get smarter and less violent, and fit into their rainbow world just like everybody else.

      And, of course, their reasons for carrying on their myths and pretensions could be party due to their fear of blacks, because they know they have to be soothed, calmed and treated with great deference, and have their egos stroked continuously, or they will run amok slaughtering people by the thousands.

      Whatever their reasoning is they’re only going to make matters worse, just as as they have been doing for several years now.

  • Jason Lewis

    “One artist referred to the piece as “a ballad of white privilege . . . I’ll never take Boshoff seriously again”. This means you respected him prior and will not judge the art by it’s creative merits but by it’s political meaning?

    • Anglokraut

      I guess this hack never studied Picasso, or the works inspired by the Spanish Civil War. My elementary school art teacher had a huge reproduction of “Guernica”–does anyone think that was an easy piece to look at when first unveiled?

      • David Ashton

        No paintings of the bombings of civilians by the Reds during that war.

      • Anna Tree

        Exactly.

        Please read my previous post if you wish, I think it is time for a white race realism fine art group.
        This was actually one of the ideas I have for a painting: a “Guernica” depicting the genocide of white South Africans or the ethnic cleansing of whites in any European/American city…

    • The people making the negative remarks against Boshoff are unfortunately influenced by black privilege and brown privilege.

      • TrueNorthFree

        “black privilege and brown privilege.”
        nice one!

    • Hammerheart

      What scathing rebuttal. I’m sure Boshoff is thinking about this one late into the night… behind his electrical fences, guard dogs, and shotgun under the bed.

      • TrueNorthFree

        It must be a hellish place for whites to live. Part of the reason I do what I do is to make sure whites in my country are not eventually herded onto reserves when we become the hated minority.

        • Jason Lewis

          Life in South Africa would be a great reality show. A warning for America and Europe which makes me think the networks wouldnt allow it.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    South Africa: – It’s white America’s future if we continue down the suicidal road of mass immigration. Coupled with a self hating education system and common culture that teaches vilification and pure hatred for white people. How we could have grown so foolish is a question I find myself contemplating constantly.

    • TrueNorthFree

      We can all be part of a grassroots movement to change things. I am following the lessons on the White Genocide project website. I like how they give clear, easy, step-by-step guidance on what whites can do to resist white genocide in our own countries.

      • newscomments70

        maybe post some of that here

        • TrueNorthFree

          Google “beefcake’s bootcamp” on the white genocide website. It is a series of extremely easy and motivating podcasts.

  • 4321realist

    “….and did not place crime and violence within a context–the after-effects of apartheid.”

    Absolutely amazing.

    And pretty comical too, at the same time.

    Nothing is the fault of blacks themselves.

    No matter what society they might live in anywhere in the world their contribution to it is crime and violence, and a dumbing down of everything of an intellectual nature whether it is in matters involving education or on the job. Chaos and turmoil exists wherever they are. Yet the white weenie fools have to tip toe around the truth or condemn anybody who speaks it, because they’re so spineless and feel a pressing need to hide in their pretentious world of lies and lip service for fear of reprisals if they criticize blacks or their many pathologies and their gross incompetence.

    Blacks are the curse of mankind.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Of course they are, they were cursed by God! Whether or not you believe in God or Christianity (or any religion), it’s pretty undeniable.

    • Weisheit77

      I tend to see them as the foot soldiers of the real curse of mankind, i.e. the ones Jesus Christ likened to their father, the devil.

      • John Smith

        Oven-dodgers?

  • LHathaway

    How exactly is this art? I’m going to have to agree with the leftists on this one (just for different reasons). The article seems to suggests leftist and those in the mainstream don’t think this is art because the piece is a conservative expression. I think it’s not art because it’s simply not art.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Do you think urine Jesus was art? Or the Virgin Mary covered in excrement?

      • LHathaway

        no.

    • Anna Tree

      I think I agree with you (I didn’t see the art subject of this article but if it is just writing on stone, I have to agree):
      Art has been in a dead end since at least dadaism art. Yes some abstract art can be art, but in general, I also don’t believe it is art. Even photorealism is not art for me, but more a craft.

      Read my post to guest above: a new fine art era is greatly needed anyway… the time is right for to be a white race realist message.

      • LHathaway

        Have you read, ‘The Victory of Mind’?

        I haven’t, I’d like to. Just one more I should read but likely never will.

        • Anna Tree

          No I haven’t. I looked it up. It seems it is about God? Anyway nice dedication that author gave to his parents, in laws and wife.

  • freddy_hills

    None of the statements in his art were racist. In fact, everyone should agree with them. But people are smeared as racist for expressing those opinions. That’s the point of his art. Those attacking it were the kind of self-righteous trolls he was calling out.

    • Anna Tree

      Yes, there are two art: art for beauty and art as a “weapon”.

      Funny when that weapon is not used by liberals or non-whites, suddenly, it’s not art!

      Reminds me of yet another liberal mantra: “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Well here: “One man’s ‘conservative rant’ is another man’s art.”

      Kudos for this artist, I don’t know if he is a race realist but he is opening a channel for white race realist artists. It’s about time for a new fine art era, read my post to guest if you are interested.

  • MekongDelta69

    This work isn’t even a liberal white person ranting. It’s 100% conservative.

    Oh, so if the artist was a ‘liberal White person,’ it would have been perfectly fine to this dimwit.

    • Ron Cheaters

      Thank you for also noticing.

  • John Smith

    Whites are an oppressed minority in SA, yet it is still “wrong” for them to speak the truth.

  • TrueNorthFree

    Awesome idea!! I would love to see some young whites take on that project.

    • HwitazManwaz

      TradYouth members are the perfect folks for such a project.

      • TrueNorthFree

        I didn’t even know there was such a group. I just googled them. Thanks!

        • HwitazManwaz

          “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist.
          “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall, primatologist, ethologist.
          “Your life is too fleeting and precious too be guided by fear.” -Anonymous European-American

  • Rev. Jesse B. Redneck

    Could we please built large ovens and cook all gaybos,lizbos and nigeros!

  • Another site comment was noteworthy – Praphrased: Not wanting to die at the hands of violent animals/criminals = white privilege.

    That’s Kinda accurate and true…

  • PissedOffScientist

    The kooks who believe all races are intelectially equal rarely come up with a valid arguemnent for any race related topic.

  • HwitazManwaz

    European-Americans, Europeans, and the global European diaspora can choose to start supporting the formation of Oriana’s Volkstatt or the Cape Republic. It can be done.

  • Anna Tree

    Yes, but the same way I believe the white race realist movement needs a white religion (even though I am an atheist) I believe we also need a white art movement.

    It seems to me there are poets, singers, writers and digital media artists but I wish for some artists in the fine art too. A new fine art era is greatly needed anyway… the time is right for to be a white race realist message.

    I am not the greatest artist and I am not sure I can pull it up, but I dream to attend next year Amren conference and bring with me some white race realist paintings to show there. I have many ideas. Maybe other white race realists fine artists would like to join “my” group?

    Maybe Mr. James Watson could buy some white race realist oil paintings with his four million instead of a David Hockney LOL The money goes back to the movement: ads, promo for Mr. Jared Taylor, help/grants to white race realist people/students, subsidies for white parents to have more children etc

  • Rev. Jesse B. Redneck

    SUCCESSION FOR A FREE WHITE AMERICA…SUCCESSION FOR A FREE WHITE WORLD??