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Art piece criticizes the church on gay rights

The question about gay rights has always raised a lot of debate around the African continent, with many arguing it’s abnormal and un-African.
But amidst the debate, only one school of people around the world has found a common ground and agreed not to tolerate gay people – the church.
It’s what made one of the art pieces by Paul Ndema on display at Makerere University Margaret Trowel Gallery stand out; it was a color heavy painting, backdrop of church medieval stained glass and a hipster tattooed girl in front of it.
The captivating thing about picture is the writing on her shirt; I Love Girls that Love Jesus, with something that looked like a joint in her left hand.
Ndema notes that the picture is lashing out at Christians that tend to judge gay people as unholy: “The bible says that we were created in God’s image and that’s regardless of who we choose to have sex with,” he says.
According to him, the church has depicted gay people as evil beings that deserve nothing but death; “but some of these people actually pray to God.”
He says that his painting is simply calling upon Christians to treat each other equally even when they may not have the same beliefs as far as sexual orientation is concerned.
The painting, in his view presents contradictions and hypocrisy of the day to day life while questioning the authenticity of different moral orders especially religion.
The picture was one of the ten pictures that are on showcase in the Obvious Things exhibition that Ndema is sharing with Johnmary Mukiza.
Mukiza’s work dwells on our brain washed minds that have bought each and everything CNN and the movies have sold us – in a way he shows us how the west has managed to present their lifestyle as ideal and our indigenous livelihood as backward.
For instance that seems to question the famous notion that girls run the world or a fact that Africa needs aid from the west to survive.
But most of his work is open to different interpretations since he presents it in a way that whoever is looking at them barely knows whether they are complete or not.

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