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2014 Round-up: Year In Review (Highlights)

We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2014:


Ekons Tribute

One of Cape Town’s best and long-standing writers, Ekon/Amp37 (40HK/WK?/YMB) passed away. A tribute jam was held in the Searle Street Park Hall Of Fame in his honour. #RIPEkon #EkonsForever


Blak tribute piece


Kem, Fers, Lamb, Acre tribute

Photos: Klaus Warschkow

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/01/28/pics-ekon-tribute-jam-cape-town/


Another Light Up Project feat. Faith47

#ANOTHERLIGHTUP is a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds and install much needed street lights in the Monwabisi Park informal settlement in Khayelitsha. Every time a donation is made, the mural lights up for an evening.


Photo: Rowan Pybus (@Makhulu)

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/03/04/anotherlightup-project-with-faith47/


Butan x DS Clothing Collab

A range of clothing by Butan Wear SA in collaboration with the prolific graffiti crew, Demolition Squad.

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/03/06/event-butan-x-demolition-squad-high-above-the-toys/


Converse Clash Wall

People tweeted their creative thoughts to standby graffiti artists who then added the digital ideas to a mural they were painting.


The Clash Wall in Cape Town by Skubalisto and Mr. Migo


The Clash Wall in Johannesburg by Rasty, with Curio & Myza420.


Obey You Collective: Sprite x The Fader

Two graffiti artists, Pastel Heart and Gasak, were featured in this local short film and print series.

Pastel Heart

Gasak

Photos and video: Adriaan Louw


Painting Cape Town Documentary Screening

Based on the 2013 book by Matthew Olckers, with the same title, the film reveals a more in-depth look into Cape Town’s graffiti scene. The film was selected as part of the 35th Durban International Film Festival and features interviews with prominent writers.

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/03/14/video-painting-cape-town-documentary/


Redbull Amaphiko in Kliptown, Soweto

The event focuses on new ideas and entrepreneurship and featured graffiti photography legend, Martha Cooper (USA). Alongside the main event was a whole lot of street art painting within the informal settlement, plus an exhibition by Cooper.


Kliptown, Soweto
Photo: Rowan Pybus


Lady Aiko (USA)
Photo: Rowan Pybus


Martha Cooper with Rasty and Falko1
Photo: Rowan Pybus


Kasi
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Tower & Riot
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Kliptown Lifestyle” stencil by Lady Aiko (USA)
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Ekse at work
Photo: Cale Waddacor

>> MORE: Photos by Rowan Pybus | >> Photos by Cale Waddacor


Festigraff 5

A graffiti festival in Dakar, Senegal (North West Africa), featuring the best local artists, plus South Africa’s Falko1 and photography legend Martha Cooper.


Falko1 in Dakar.

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/graffiti-africa-gallery/2014/03/31/festigraff-5-graffiti-art-festival-in-senegal-2014/


Styles From The Streets Exhibition and Montana Just Writing My Name Jam

A graffiti and street art exhibition in Norwood, Johannesburg, followed by a Montana graffiti jam.


Mars, Bias, Trips
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Pieces in progress
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Rasty
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Anser91
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Djerbahood Mural Project in Tunisia

Over 150 artist from 30 nationalities descended upon the small island of Djerba, Erriadh in Tunisia, North Africa.


Faith47
Photos: Aline Deschamps - Galerie Itinerrance

>> VIEW MORE: Pictures Pt. 1 | Pictures Pt. 2


UIA2014 Conference Mural Projects

Public art murals and installations were a fringe event during the 25th World Congress on Architecture (UIA2014) in Durban.

Faith 47 in Warwick Triangle


Faith47 murals (3 of 6) in Warwick Triangle

>> READ AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FAITH47

The Box Project


Mook Lion for the Box Project

>> MORE INFO & PICS FOR THE BOX PROJECT


Train Make Overs in Cape Town

MTN Colors ‘Versus’ project feat. QK

Infamous train painting crew, Quick Killers, feature in a new video series by MTN Colors.

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/02/14/video-mtn-colors-versus-project-feat-qk/

Whole Train Painted in Cape Town

The first (and only) whole train in Africa.


Then & Now Feature

A throw-back showcasing the development of some of SA’s most skilled writers.

Bias: 2008//2014

Tapz: 2003//2014


OBEY GIANT visited South Africa

Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY) soaked up the Johannesburg sunshine to launch his special edition bottle with Hennessy. There was a bottle signing event and exclusive launch party. He also painted a gigantic Mandela tribute (and got up to some poster bombing too).


Graffiti wall at the launch party


Graffiti wall at the launch party


Andre The Giant sticker in Braamfontein (mural in the background)
Photo: Cale Waddacor


Obey paste-ups in Newtown
Photo: Cale Waddacor


City of Gold Urban Art Festival

The 5th annual City of Gold Festival took place in October throughout Johannesburg city, featuring top local artists and international guests Mr Dheo (Portugal), Wane COD (USA) and SoloOne (UK).

Wall 1


Jestr, Zesta, Love

Veronika

Wall 2


Curio, Rekso, Fiya1

Wane

Wall 3 and surrounds


Myza420

Falko1

Wall 4


Wane, Bias

Mars, Tyke

Wall 5


SoloOne


SoloOne stickers

Wall 6


Mr Dheo

An exhibition was hosted to launch the event. Many other walls were also painted during the festival.

Photos: Cale Waddacor


Tag for JAG Exhibition

The “So Long… Wish You Were Here” graffiti exhibition took place inside the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Although the gallery is becoming more and more dilapidated, it is quite an achievement to see spray painted pieces on the walls of a place that has housed an immense history of art.


Work by Mars, Fin, Fiya1 and Mein163


Bias


Zesta and Page33


Zesta, Page33, Tapz and Bias

Photos: Cale Waddacor


Resistance Project: Public Art Installation

A large-scale wheatpaste by artist Ralph Ziman, a.k.a Afrika47.

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/10/17/news-resistance-project-by-ralph-ziman-worlds-largest-wheatpaste/


Freedumb Graffiti Exhibition

A worldwide exhibition in support of The Grifters, featuring work by internationally renowned train painters Utah Ether (USA) and Taps Moses (Germany), and photographer Phil America (USA).

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/11/06/pics-freedumb-a-graffiti-exhibition-johannesburg/


Ism Skism Art Residency in Clarens

The small, tourist town of Clarens in the Free State was a destination for a new artists residency that featured graffiti and street artists. The featured artists, Mook Lion (Durban), Sakhile Mhlongo (Durban), Skubalisto (Cape Town), Mr Migo (Cape Town), Martin Lund (Cape Town) and Pooch (Clarens), painted around the local community, uplifting the landscape. An exhibition was held in conclusion.


Skubalisto


Collaborative mural at the local stadium


Gallery exhibition

Photos: CRNKYFRNK

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/11/21/flatlands-tour-the-ism-skism-residency-in-clarens/


Kevin Love Exhibition and Interview

Writing graffiti since the early 90s, Kevin Love is one of SA’s most diverse and creative artists.


Portrait by Rekso

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/news/2014/12/01/qa-interview-with-kevin-love/


Graffiti South Africa Book Release

The new book, ‘Graffiti South Africa’ by Cale Waddacor was released towards the end of the year. Look out for launch events in January and February 2015 in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Order your copy and collect it at the launch by emailing: mail@graffitisouthafrica.com

Graffiti South Africa book - flip through preview from Cale Waddacor on Vimeo.

>> http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/book/


NOTABLE MENTIONS:

FAITH47 PRINT RELEASES & NEW SOLO SHOW, AQUA REGALIA

BIASGRAFFITI TOUR APP

RIOT TAKES THE CAKE

Riot510 won 1st place in the graffiti battle of the Sprite Uncontainable 2014 finals. He also received the award for Best Graffiti Artist at the South African Hip Hop Awards 2014.

GALLERY FEATURES


EVENT & EXHIBITION FOLLOW-UPS

IMAGE ROUND-UPS

WHAT WE MISSED IN 2014


Thanks for another great year.

Looking forward to covering more in 2015!

#GraffitiSouthAfrica