Published February 22, 2018
Written by Sydney Bradley
Gary van Wyk, Curator of Our Anthropocene: Eco Crises, discusses censorship, apartheid activism, and fire-fighting rhinos. The show is on view at the Center’s Main Gallery through March 31st. Gary will be leading a roundtable discussion on the exhibition at the Center on Friday, March 2, at 6:30 pm.
In the mid-eighties, artists in South Africa writhed under total censorship—forbidden from drawing, photographing, and otherwise depicting policemen, soldiers, or any apartheid-resistance by the people. Along with his partner, Gary Van Wyk started taking to the streets at night, posting his massive political paintings on billboards as murals. To avoid the military, he’d recently added a fine arts concentration to his law degree, but in this state of emergency, felt called to dissent. In doing so, he marked himself as a terrorist.