WANNER: Arts corrupted, or something like it, and how to avoid it

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and novelist currently living in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

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  • This is a serious dilemma to be sure. Ahmed runs a very important art space. His competitions mean that one can get some well-deserved recognition.
  • But you see, my young friend does not really need this space. She has a bigger world. Ahmed has helped her in many other ways.
  • Because she has access to him, he has given her links to people, exposed her work and, in this age of social media shared generously of his audience about her work.

Two weeks back, I had a chat with a young friend. She was very unhappy because she has been entering some art competitions run by a mutual friend who I will call Ahmed.

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