- A video showcasing a controversial art display caused a stir via social media
- Many South Africans were enraged at the sight of the artwork which have been labelled as blasphemous and satanic
- The student behind the art issued a statement to share his side of the story
Briefly.co.za reported on the controversial video that went viral yesterday, which revealed the artwork at an elite KwaZulu-Natal school.
Grantleigh School came under fire for showcasing an art exhibition, which was deemed to be blasphemous and satanic by the general public.
Amidst the public outcry, the private school issued a statement and initiated an investigation into the matter.
It has now emerged that the creative student behind the artwork has allegedly issued a statement in response.
The statement was shared by Pamela Power (@pamelapower) via Twitter on Wednesday and Briefly.co.za noted the polarising effect that it had.
In the statement, the student defends the art exhibition and explains that it isn't intended to reference satanism at all.
In essence, the rationale behind the exhibition is to shine a light on the commercialisation of contemporary organised religion.
The student cites the lucrative televangelism industry and the numerous controversial fake pastors within South Africa.
Many tweeps were blown away by the student's eloquent and thought-provoking response.
He was even lauded in some circles for his creativity, but some remained highly critical.
Wayne G (@MrGads2) responded,
"Wow, truly beautifully written. Wish I was this this articulate in Matric. All power to him."
Steph Traut (@stephtraut) added,
"Wow, such clear-headed and intellectual response. This kid is miles ahead of the mostly-older people criticising their work. Good for them, and looking forward to seeing their future art."
DEBEL AJIBOYE (@debelloh) poked holes in the statement:
"This reply is completely baseless. If you want to address the corrupt leaders in churches go directly for them and not the Christianity religion as a whole. How dare you tear the bible into pieces? We've Islam clerics that are also corrupt, I challenge you to also tear the quran."
TillaViljoen (@Tillaviljoen) questioned if the student really wrote the statement:
"I agree -not the voice of a young artist - I hear somebody/something else from behind - what are you doing with the talents you received? Sure you can build up and not break down with your talent."
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