"The Spear" painting has been rated 16N by the Film and Publication Board (FPB).
Further to the ANC and Goodman Gallery reaching an agreement, in which the ANC dropped its case and the gallery took down "The Spear" painting, the FPB has weighed in. Despite calls to prohibit access to those under 18, "The Spear" has been rated 16N by the body. This means that due its depiction of nudity, the painting should not be accessible to those under the age of 16.
"Any persons or entities wishing to publish and exhibit images and/or replicas of this specific artwork will in future have to put in place mechanisms to regulate access to this piece of art by members of the public below the age of 16," the FPB said in a statement. The body also pointed to the sensitivity of the issue and advised any exhibitors to keep the "mixture of the emotions" that the painting has elicited in mind.
This comes as Cabinet issued a statement condemning the painting, saying that while government supports freedom of expression, it "should not undermine the fundamental right to human dignity of the president and/or any citizen of the country".
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