The annual Back To The City Festival took place a few days ago. Here are some pics of the graffiti pieces that were painted:
Hades, Jokr, Tower, What
Mak1one, El Nino aka Sex (Spain), Falko, Gogga
T-Mac, Kef1, Smak, Fumez
Kanz, Snot, Mozi
Pork, Nuke, Mesar
Monk, Cre8, Las1, Reap, Dyne, Anser, Syk
Toys, Beva, Tone, Bongz, Drake, Erase, Spotz
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Falko is back in the small town of Darling (about 75km from Cape Town) to paint more splitpieces. Having recently been there for his project “The Darling Made Me Do It” in February, he is back again for part two: “Sportscene Made Me Do It In Darling”.
With the help of fellow artists Jadas, Nardstar and Seth, the aim is to create 8 splitpieces and 27 individual murals in close proximity, thus turning this residential area into a vibrant living gallery.
The splitpiece is an original and groundbreaking development in the graffiti world. The concept of splitpiece is to take one image and divide it into 3-8 sections. Each section is painted in a different area and each of these sections stands alone as an artwork, with its own meaning, in its respective location. Once all sections are completed the photographs of the various sections are brought together to make one fully comprehensive image.
We’re looking forward to seeing the completed images. Previous splitpiece projects have been really mind blowing. Great to see stuff like this happening in our country as it gives artists a chance to share their thoughts and visions with smaller communities and it also unites people in an entirely new way.
All splitpieces are being produced for a future book and the living gallery of Akkerboom street in Darling can be marketed as a tourist attraction.
Only two weeks until Joburg’s biggest Hip Hop event - The Back To The City Freedom Day Festival. In its 5th year running the event will take place on Freedom Day (27 April 2011) and will feature over 30 MC’s, DJ’s, B-boys, Beatbox and skateboard competitions, and of course the graffiti pillars.
Taking place by Ritual Stores in Newtown (cnr. Bree and Henry Nxumalo) from 9.30am til 11pm. R60 gets you in. RSVP here.
Train bombing in Cairo, Egypt
Cairo part from Papas Vol. 2 video:
Huslaz whole car:
We’ve been seeing some very interesting developments in Cape Town recently. All coming from /A Word of Art.
A Word of Art is all about supporting artists and creating upliftment through art projects. Some of the projects include the Write On Africa project and Artist in Residency programme, and the more recent I Art SA community mural project.
All of these projects are doing great work for communities - creating inspiration and beautifying neighbourhoods like Woodstock - and the diverse mixture of artists and art styles is something exciting to see.
Rejuvenation Project: Percy Bartley House
Artist in Residency programme
The Artist in Residency programme has brought some wonderful international artists to the city of Cape Town. It is all about having artists and musicians from other countries, as well as other parts of South Africa, living and working in a studio at the WOA headquarters in the Woodstock Industrial Centre.
The visiting artists have each published their trip in a unique blog:
We Are Visual (Hamburg, Germany)
Dec 2010 to Jan 2011
Jan 2011 to March 2011
Peter Aerschman (Switzerland)
Jan 2011 -March 2011
BoaMistura (Madrid, Spain) :
March - April 2011
New Artists in Residency (April 2011):
Indi Go (Canada)
David Shillinglaw (UK)
And South African artist Senyol is set to visit Finland.
I Art SA
I Art SA is a community mural project aimed at promoting artists and interacting with the communities of Woodstock and Soweto. An exhibition will be held after each project which will raise funds for Write On Africa to help those in need.
Read more HERE
I Art Woodstock
Artists that took part:
- Alexia Webster & Mikey Saal
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzanyiya
- Freddy Sam
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Jeremy Puren
- Jonx Pillemer
- Linsey Levendall of Bison
- Paul Senyol
- Rowan Pybus of Makhulu
Write On Africa
Write On Africa are all about social change and they are helping out all over Africa.
Reportage on JR in Kibera, Kenya 2009 by A24media
Ductos Graff (Iker & Muro) in Dakar
Wide Open Walls, an Art Safari, is a new annual arts project that takes place in The Gambia. Seven artists took part in 2010 where they painted villages such as Kubuneh in the Makasutu Culture Forest over two weeks.
Read an interview with Eelus, one of the artists and curator of the project, HERE
Check out the video below:
The infamous street artist Banksy was in Africa for a short stint in 2009. The works are thought to be in Mali, though some say he might have visited Cairo.
Street artist Jace (born in France and now living on Reunion Island) went to Anakao in Madagascar in 2009. He was there for two weeks; living with the people and painting lots of fishing boats.
Tetuan Raps 2008
(AS2 SCRO SKEW REINA ANTRAS)
Graffiti in Tanger
Motor in Morocco
Ston graffiti, Morocco
Diabetes awareness with graffiti, Dakar 2009
Alessandro Cocchia (Purp) in Dakar
Graffiti in Dakar
Essen, graffiti artist - representing Umoja – Kenya
Masai Mbili and Solo7 create messages of peace in the ruins of Kibera, Kenya (March 2008)