Arrested, detained and accused persons 380x570, linocut
This clause deals with the right of persons arrested for allegedly committing a crime, to remain silent, be informed of their rights in a language they understand, to be brought before a court promptly and either charged with a crime or released. Pieta Robin's elemental, straight-forward image depicts a man being arrested in front of his simple shack home by three policemen, who have arrived in a police car. The small, humble figure of the man appears helpless compared to the police officers, who look threatening and overpowering with their police dog and their large physical appearance. The starkness, simplicity and sharp focus of the image, where each element is isolated and clearly outlined against the bare, white background, lacking any narrative detail, reinforces the harshness and the unforgiving nature of the scene. Pieta Robin's signature at the bottom is reversed; this was the first time he experimented with a linocut.
Pieta Zebo Robin was born in 1966 in Wamboland, Namibia. He left school in standard 6 and joined the military at the age of 18. After his demobilisation in 1987, he started creating detailed sketches of the war and the traditional ifestyle of his people, the !Xu Bushmen. He also carved motorcars and aeroplanes for his own enjoyment. In 1990 Pieta Robin moved to Schmidtsdrift in the Northern Cape, where he is encouraged in his artistic endeavour and supplied with materials by the !XU & KHWE Cultural Project.