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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

VIDEO \\ Short clips of graffiti pieces in Cape Town

Makhulu Productions has released short video clips of graffiti pieces in Cape Town. These videos show the direct environment surrounding the artworks and capture the natural atmosphere. International artists Cern (USA), MYMO (Germany), DodieBoy a.k.a David Shillinglaw (UK), and DALeast (China) are featured, as well as local hero Faith47.

>> Watch the videos HERE.

Q&A \\ Interview with React

We caught up with Durban graffiti artist React at the end of last year. He’s been away from the net for a while and we thought he’d disappeared, but not so… He tells us about his new style and influences and what the Durban scene has been like since the 031 Seven saga.

This guy has been into graffiti since 1999 and is looking forward to painting more, especially when you check out the other artists he has been admiring of late…

>> READ THE INTERVIEW

Yumanizumu (Japan) in South Africa

Another international artist to visit South Africa recently was Japanese artist Yumanizumu from Tokyo. As part of the /A Word Of Art Artist Residence programme, he painted and exhibited in both Cape Town and Johannesburg from September to November 2011. Highlights included the Paste Street Exhibition, the I Art Soweto project, as well as his solo exhibition “In To You”.

Read more about his trip and exhibition HERE and be sure to check out his blog documenting his stay: http://www.awoa-residency-yumanizumu.blogspot.com/

>> http://www.yumanizumu.jp/

EVENT \\ Film Screening: Vigilante Vigilante

Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression is an exposé on fanatical anti-graffiti vigilantes in the USA. The film will be screened at the Design Indaba Film Festival in Cape Town this week.

Venue:
The Labia on Orange

Dates & Times:
21 February 2012 - 8:30pm | 10:30pm
24 February 2012 - 6:15pm | 8:15pm

Synopsis:
A new breed of crime-fighter now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante. These dedicated blight-warriors stop at nothing to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art, stickers, and tags. Yet several of these vigilantes have become the very menace they set out to eliminate. In their relentless attempt to stamp out graffiti, they’ve turned to illegally and destructively painting other people’s property. VIGILANTE VIGILANTE is the story of two filmmakers who set out to expose these mysterious characters.

Trailer:

Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression” Official Trailer from max good on Vimeo.

http://www.vigilantefilm.com/
http://www.twitter.com/vigilantefilm
http://www.facebook.com/vigilantefilm

NEWS \\ Help out if you can

Here are some helpful initiatives that are taking place in the near future.
Join in and lend a hand…

FEED THE STREETS

>> http://www.rpsfeedsthestreets.blogspot.com/


GREENPOP: ZAMBIA

We’re excited to officially launch Trees for Zambia – a project by Greenpop in association with Zambezi Nkuku.”

Zambia has the 2nd highest deforestation rate in the world and we want to start doing some thing about it, but we need your help! We’ll be planting over 5000 trees in 3 weeks this July in Livingstone to kick-start an ongoing reforestation and eco-education project. Volunteers from all over (community members, school children and local business people) are getting their hands dirty to green the area.”

Check out a previous Greenpop project with Reverse Graffiti HERE.

>> http://www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia/


PAINT FOR PALESTINE

Calling all writers and artists
Paint for Palestine
Israel Apartheid Week 5 – 11 March 2012

PAINT FOR PALESTINE is a call to all street artists and graffiti writers to use this week to create work with FREE PALESTINE as the theme, to promote the Palestinian cause and raise awareness around the fight for human rights that ensues daily within Israel and the Occupied Territories. The colours of the banned Palestinian Flag are Red, Black, White and Green and have come to symbolise the right to self-determination that the Palestinian people are fighting for.”

>> http://www.gangsofgraffiti.wordpress.com/paint-for-palestine/

NEWS \\ BoaMistura book and film screening

The Spanish art collective, Boa Mistura (meaning ‘Good Mixture’) have released a book documenting their time spent in Cape Town last year. They were only here for one month as part of the /A Word Of Art artist residency, but this did not stop the five men; Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick from doing anything half-hearted.

We’re not sure if the book is going to be available for purchase, but we do know that there will be a local screening of their Cape Town film, Diamond Inside, in the near future.

>> Watch the trailer and the teaser.

via /A Word Of Art

VIDEO \\ Binho in Cape Town

Two videos by Brazilian graffiti artist, Binho, documenting his stay in Cape Town. Also featuring artists Cern, Above, Faith47 and DALeast.

LINKS \\ South African graffiti blogs V

Cape Flats Crew

A blog showcasing the talents of graffiti artists, emcees, skaters, b-boys, musicians, producers and photographers living in the ghettos of the Cape Flats.
http://www.capeflatscrew.blogspot.com/

Love

The blog of graffiti artist, Love.
http://www.whatkinwithlove-lovesite.blogspot.com/

Motel Seven

The blog of graffiti artist, Motel Seven.
http://www.motelseven.blogspot.com/

Obscure Paintings Klan

The blog of OPK crew.
http://www.obscurepaintings.blogspot.com/

Sure

MTN-World Blog of South African graffiti artist, Sure.
http://www.mtn-world.com/sure

Soten in South Africa

Highly respected Danish graffiti artist Soten began writing in the late 90s and has developed a well-constructed ‘wildstyle’. In a recent visit to South Africa he painted many pieces in both Johannesburg and Cape Town with some of the local writers.

via Soten’s blog @ I Love Graffiti

SPOTLIGHT \\ The Art of DALeast

Born in China in 1984, DALeast is becoming a prominent figure among the new wave of graffiti art. He studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began doing street art in 2004. In 2011 he relocated to Cape Town, marrying South Africa’s first lady of graffiti, Faith 47. We have been following his work since and are blown away by his unique style and the fine detail in his artworks.

Commonly depicting animals in a wire-like style, DAL’s work is complex but simple, beautiful and always intriguing. Using different mediums and spaces to create his works, he is inspired by the material world around him, life’s emotions that are part of it, as well as the spiritual world and infinite space that surrounds us.

Some of his works are currently on exhibit in New York as part of Wooster Collective‘s “Hybrid Thinking” exhibition. This group show features other street artists from around the world that have also been pushing boundaries and developing new techniques. A term has yet to come to describe these revolutionaries as street art has been referred to as post-graffiti on past occasions. Whenever the relevant term comes about, it is sure to be a new bookmark in the history of art.

Watch all videos of DALeast here

>> Itching for more? Check out: http://www.daleast.com/

AFRICA \\ C215 in Africa

With his bright, colourful and highly detailed stencils, Christian Guémy a.k.a C215, is probably one of the worlds best stencil artists. A graffiti artist for over 20 years, he put up his first stencil in 2006 and has since painted in cities all across Europe as well as in India and South America. His work mainly focuses on portraiture and has been featured inside many galleries across the globe.

Hailing from France, C215 has crossed the Mediterranean on more than one occasion, painting in the streets of African countries Morocco and Senegal. One thing he is known for is not going out to paint, but taking his paint with him - everywhere he goes!

Images via Unurth.com


Check out all the artworks by C125 in Africa, by city:

in SENEGAL:

>> Dakar

in MOROCCO:

>> Casablanca

>> Essaouira

>> Fès

>> Marrakech

EVENT \\ Word Life

AFRICA \\ Collectif SUPERPOSE

Collectif SUPERPOSE is the new name of the collective responsible for Project DK “R”, a wheat-paste project in Dakar, Senegal.

Since the first phase of the project was a success, the collective created new works around the city in December 2011. We hope to see the project growing in the years to come as well as seeing new street artists emerging from the streets of Dakar.

>> http://www.superpose.fr/

Binho in Cape Town

Renowned Brazilian artist, Binho, recently visited the sunny shores of South Africa. He is one of São Paulo’s original old-school writers who played an important role in growing the now thriving Brazilian graffiti scene.

Below is a wall that he painted with Cern:

He also linked up with Above:

And he got into some trouble with authorities at Muizenberg beach with this commission:

It’s so nice to have talented artists like this visiting our country and promoting the use of graffiti art for urban beautification and visual stimulation.

>> BINHO’s Flickr Page