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“Afro-Swede” Artist, Makonde Linde Responds To Public Outrage Over His “N*gg*r Cake” [VIDEO]

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There is no REASONABLE explanation for this!


According to the Modern Museum, the intention behind the “cake” was to problematize female circumcision.

But at whose expense I ask? Who really benefits from this very public display of African womanhood?

So here is the artist behind the very disturbing and highly offensive cake, Makonde Linde, who is an “Afro-Swede”.

Apparently, Makonde is somewhat of a specialist in art that incorporates old-school caricatures of African people.

Makode Linde is known for in his art, which is based on racism, xenophobia and slavery. The cake, which was part of his work, was to make a Western perception of Africa in contrast to the real picture of slavery and oppression. He also stresses that the main purpose of the cake was not to depict mutilation.

AlJazeera’s The Stream spoke with Makode Linde, the artist about his provocative art.

How did this idea come about as an art installation?:

Was the Minister of Culture aware of your art installation or was it a surprise?:

How have people responded to you and the art installation?:

Why did you choose female circumcision as the subject?:

Do you expect to do something like this in the future, after the reactions?:

How did social media impact the way the art installation was perceived?:

Personally, I hold Black men to the highest standard when it comes to the protection of Black women. If our Black men do not protect us, then who will?

Makonde shame on you.

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Ngo

    I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that his intention was to be helpful in opposing racism. I appreciate the provocative nature of the installment and the power of the imagery and cake medium, which has successfully earned it a wide audience, ready to receive an important message.

    Unfortunately, the message of this piece is harmful, unproductive, or unclear at best. There is a naked Black woman on table screaming in pain as she is mutilated by several people at a party. Though the message is unclear, it seems he intended to recreate the sick historical injustices against Black women in order to bring awareness. This, which could probably have been the most intuitive message, however, was utterly lost in video 4, where he confirms that the piece lent itself to be about female mutilation but then condemns the myopia of focusing on just mutilation when the oppression of African women is so much broader. Somewhere near the end it becomes Certified Rambling when he throws in the word “homophobia.”

    Clear or not the message is unproductive because the piece throws a problem in your face but fails to followup with a solution or call to action. Perhaps there should have been a counter to the abuse where the woman could save herself or be reborn as part of the installment.

    In fact, without this aspect the message is actually harmful, as it reinforces the victim mentality of the African, like another ad with fly-faced big-bellied african children. It doesn’t highlight the African woman’s beauty, power, or ability to overcome, and it doesn’t normalize the act of respecting the Black women. Rather, it does the opposite, by inviting partygoers to take her screams as comedy as they reenact mutilating her.

    While I support honoring the facts of human history in order to create a better tomorrow, I am frankly not a fan of the longstanding trends of Blacks reviving injustices to be angry about or to demonize other groups with, without also offering an empowered forward looking perspective. Yes some history was horribly fucked up, yes the perpetrators were terribly wrong, but HARPING ON THE INJUSTICE AND UNFAIRNESS OF THE ACTS DOES NOT ADVANCE ME. I’d rather shift my energy from hate and self-pity to pride and progress,  and reinforce a new identity in young Africans and would-be oppressors. Let’s stop recycling blackface and start making more Cosby shows.

  • Claudell Mbutu Sanford

    There is no excuse for the image that was created, even if his beliefs are concrete, that are a millions images of black women he could have used other that this stereotype, “black sambo” image from the US during “jim crow era”, in this international system of racism white supremacy everthing is a participant,.  These images of white people laughing cutting into a screaming, agonizing, black sambo cake, illustrate the 500 years of unthinkable, injustice, humiliation, and brutality that  his been perpetuated on this continent.  The fact the some one of color did this shows how this oppression has destroyed the blackmind, and images of self worth.  

  • Emailantwilliams

    This is art and this man is an artist.  You cannot dictate what it should be, what he should think, what he should create.  That’s like complaining to God about existence.  It has already been created.  You can only form thoughts about it. Or, you can ignore it.