Mudariki, Richard b.1985 / The New Church
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This piece is inspired by the 1982 song, New Church, by pop group Lords of the New Church. The New Church is a movement whose views, doctrine and morals stand in sharp contrast to the normal conventions of the old Church. It is all inclusive; politicians, merchants, thieves, actors and the immoral are all part of the New Church.

When the heroes have all died away.
Priests and politicians have all lied away now.
Actors after all were only acting.
Church killed knowledge.
Took the world a slave.
Ya gotta walk have all lied away now.
Wear the uniform of your gang.
Purpose in life's just for living.
Dream merchants fantasy surreal so real.
Divide and conquer - that's their game.
Beneath their haircut and clothes we're really all the same.
They threaten our lives with nuclear war.
Gonna cruficy us just once more.
Join the new church.
Be a lord of the new church hey.
Truth can't be found on the television.
Throwaway youth ya gotta take a stand.
Music is your only weapon.
Spanners in the works go start your gang...
chorus: New church.
Join the New Church.
Be a Lord Of The New Church.
Lords Of The New Church - now.

(text by Richard Mudariki)

Richard Mudariki (b.1985, Zimbabwe)

The New Church, 2014

Oil on canvas
89 x 220.5 cm.
35 1/16 x 86 13/16 in.
ARTCO, Herzogenrath, Germany Current Location:
Belgium - Brussels - LEMPERTZ PaintingAfrica


1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Somerset House / ARTCO Gallery, London, UK
May 2015


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The Politics of Life
Johans Borman Fine Art (Catalogue), Cape Town, 2014

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