‘Demonic’ or ‘artistic’?
‘Artistic’ or ‘demonic’? These are the two sides in an argument that revolves around the artwork of a matric pupil.
It all began when a parent from Richards Bay made a video expressing his outrage at the artwork that was displayed at a High School during an awards ceremony. In the video we are shown art pieces that contain a lot of religious imagery coupled with a very ‘upset’ man comparing the scenario to the crucifixion of Christ and calling for South Africans to ‘protest’ the school.
The artwork seems to employ shock value to get the artists message across: There are several drawings recreating classic religious paintings like Da Vinci’s The Last Super and Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Adam where a clown is inserted into the pictures, a Bible that has been shredded and what many describe as ‘demons’.
The artwork was created by a matric pupil from Grantleigh School, a Christian private school in KwaZulu Natal. IOL reported that the pupil behind the art said that the work was about the “commercialisation of contemporary organised religion”, as well as exploring the “monetary exploitation of the faithful by greedy individuals who hide behind the guise of the church or similar pious institutions”.
IzkoDUT asked Fine Arts students from the Durban University of Technology to share their opinion on the saga.
Who better than other artists to comment on the controversial artwork that has been trending on social media.
This is what they had to say: