He cannot damage something that has already been destroyed, the matric apprentice behind the controversial artwork at Grantleigh College in KwaZulu-Natal said in a statement.
The child says he became aware that a video recording of his matric art exhibition “leaked” on social media and went “viral” without his consent.
In this video, a father from the school shows the complete exhibition and expresses his dismay at it.
He does this during the awards ceremony – where the very matric apprentice received awards for visual arts and art theory.
He says ” I can’t damage something that’s already ruined.”
The matric boy says contrary to what the man says in the video, the reason given for each work of art is clearly “that it is the farthest thing from so-called ‘satanism'”.
He says his art in the exhibition explores the commercialization of modern, organized religion, and the monetary exploitation of dedicated, but greedy individuals who hide behind the church’s cover.
The boy says religion has become artificial and that believers eat everything like sweet cake – that he also used the portrayal of Ronald McDonald (of the McDonald’s fast food group) in place of Jesus.
“I don’t care what people believe. I’m just trying to highlight the risks in how they believe it, ”he writes.
“In a country riddled with poverty and inequality, who can take those religious leaders who are rolling into the millions of rands of revenue seriously?”
He says he wants to make people think with his art, however disturbing it may seem.
“It (the art) does not come from a malicious place, and it does not necessarily reflect my school’s view.”
He encourages anyone who condemns his art to think about it first.
“I can’t damage something that’s already been destroyed.”