• Prof Jansen slams "fake outrage" over "demonic" art project at Curro sc

    From Steve Hayes@21:1/5 to All on Thu Oct 24 09:53:18 2019
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    Prof Jansen slams 'fake outrage' over 'demonic' art project at Curro

    23 October 2019 11:11

    Public intellectual Professor Jonathan Jansen has come out to defend
    the controversial artwork made by a matric student at Curro's
    Grantleigh School in Richards Bay.

    The pupil's artwork has caused an outcry among parents and the
    Christian community for its depictions of satan, Jesus, the Bible and
    other references.

    An internal investigation is underway after some parents complained
    that the artwork goes against the Christian ethos of the school.

    A parent at the school took a video of the controversial artwork while attending the year-end exhibition.

    The upset father, who is a pastor, called the artwork demonic and
    unacceptable in a video that has spread on social media.

    Stellenbosch University's Prof Jonathan Jansen says the pupil's
    artwork communicates a much bigger symbolic message. He says the
    pupil's artwork should be applauded and not suppressed.

    Prof Jansen has slammed what he calls fake outrage over the art and
    says he wishes the so-called Christians expressed the same outrage
    about poverty, racism and xenophobia.

    If their Jesus is so small and so threatened by a young boy's
    depiction of the divine then I suggest they go re-read their

    The whole idea of art is to be offensive, to push the boundaries and
    turn orthodoxy on its head.

    Ashraf Jamal, a Cape Town-based academic, writer and cultural theorist
    says he recognises why the artwork has caused hysteria.

    Jamal argues that extremism has made a return into society,
    threatening democratic principles and expression.

    The age we are living in is an age where fundamentalist is returning
    with enormous extremity.

    There's nothing wrong with what the young student did and his
    challenges to the monetisation of religion is absolutely on point.


    Steve Hayes

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