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Clause 4: Freedom and security of the person

'Freedom and Security of the Person' 350 x 570, masonite cut
James Mphahlele


The right to freedom and security of person includes the right not to be detained without trial, not to be subjected to violence, torture or inhumane treatment, but also the right to have control over one's own body and make decisions concerning reproduction. James Mphahlele relates this clause to his own experience. The right to freedom of person means to him the right to create freely and without interference. His image depicts a table in the shape of a large open book -the Bill of Rights is tabled. A group of people, artists of different back-grounds and colour, gather around the important document. They are identified as musicians, writers or painters by the instruments they are holding, and mingle with the giant brushes and other tools for creative activity that surround the Bill. With its rudimentary shapes and bold, expressive forms this refreshing print has a sketch-like, spontaneous character. At the same time it is a dynamic image, where the forms almost seem to explode from the Bill of Rights in the centre.

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