Circus VI

CCAC #: 0009
Artwork title: Circus VI
Artist(s): Albert Adams
Year made: 2006
Artwork type: Paper
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Framed dimensions (in mm): 760 x 560
Edition: 25/25
Artwork series: Circus
Source: Donated by Edward Glennon
Year acquired: 2009
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: In storage

Circus is the artist’s final lithographic series and speaks to how he often saw people – as captive circus monkeys trained to do tricks for others. The monkey represents the burdens of society across the world, speaking to suffering, intolerance and injustice. His work is characterised by intense mark-making coupled with a strong gestural quality.

Themes: LGBTQ+ rights
Constitutional links: Human dignity - constitutional value (section 1a, section 10)
Non-racialism - constitutional value (section 1b)
No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour (section 13)
Related Constitutional Court cases: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Another (2016)

CCAC 430516

Caption: This work is similar in appearance to CCAC #0008 but contains pink and yellow - it is a distinct work.
Photographer: Staff
Photo copyright: CCT

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