Wow did you guys see this story? On Monday, a woman walked towards the giant Mandela statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg and stripped naked until security probably came to remove her as demonstrated in these images above. There’s something really wonderful about it. It is not clear who this woman is or why she did it but somebody on twitter called her Braveheart and I must agree, there is something spectacular about this statement. Some dim witted people on News 24 are complaining about the type of body she has, some have called it ”yuck” and how it would have been better to have a young ”firm” body. Whether it is art or not, my interpretation of this is that she is making the invisible real and black body visible, making it visible at the physical embodiment of South Africa’s neo-liberal agenda, one that prioritizes capital not people, it is a building that represents all the wrong turns we’ve made to end up in a situation where 25% of South Africans are unemployed and poor, a building that represents our nation’s status as the dumping ground for Western Imperialism . It’s a comment on how commodified the image of Mandela has become. It towers over a mall, a mall whose shops consist of celebrating the success of international brands and globalization that impedes our own development. Her body and statement are beautiful and brave. Thank you mystery Braveheart….if that’s what you were going for. Please do it again somewhere else. Of course, this is just my interpretation. Some of you may think this is totally messed up. At least she has us thinking.