The Photo-free Zone by Ian Mwesiga

One of the features of Ugandan artist Ian Mwesiga’s work is surprise. The moment of realisation that leads you to examine the details closer. Today, we are highlighting “The Photo-free Zone”, painted in 2020.

In this painting, a woman is in lingerie, sitting on a mat in a posture that suggests “beach”, except there is no beach sand or water to be seen. There is a man, perhaps her lover, and he is taking a photo with his camera. But the camera is not pointed at her- it is pointed at you, the viewer as if you had been caught peeping.

Yet, his act is apparently just as illegal as yours; the woman is sitting against a roadside sign that indicates cameras are not allowed in the zone.

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Here is Ian Mwesiga’s website


Angry at the modern world for my own lack of taste.

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