Malangatana Valente Ngwenya. Cry for Freedom. 1973

Malangatana Valente Ngwenya Cry for Freedom 1973

Cry for Freedom was Malangatana’s response to the December 16, 1972, massacre of the civilian population of Wiriyamu, a small village in Mozambique, by the Portuguese army. The country established independence from Portugal three years later. This painting is representative of Malangatana’s “all-over” approach, in which each area of the composition is given equal attention and significance. He believed that “horror opens the door to the fantastic,” and in this scene of colonial violence he interspersed ominous birds and reptilian beings among soldiers, civilians, field workers, and daggers.

Gallery label from 2021
Medium
Oil on hardboard
Dimensions
48 × 120 3/16" (121.9 × 305.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of Glenn and Eva Dubin
Object number
53.2021
Department
Painting and Sculpture
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