We’re launched a new event, the Street Art Cinemart!
Join us on Saturday 17 November at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng, Johannesburg.
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Mr Ekse’s ‘JoVendorsBurg’ mural. Johannesburg, 2017. Photo: Cale Waddacor
In this intriguing episode of CNN’s Inside Africa report, the homogeneous link between modern day graffiti art and San rock paintings are explored…Keep reading →
Mars painted this epic “Refreshing Like That” piece for Sprite towards the end of 2015…Keep reading →
We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2015…
Besides from a few events and exhibitions that we never posted, here are a few other highlights from 2015 we didn’t share. In no particular order…Keep reading →
The Westdene Graffiti Project is a community mural initiative within the suburb of Westdene, Johannesburg. Spawning from Clint Hill’s idea to art up the suburb, various residents have donated their walls to bidding graffiti artists through the I Love Westdene Facebook group, and with the help of infamous Jozi graffiti photographer, Derek Smith, who lives in the area…
We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2014…
Popularly known for its art scene, the small, tourist town of Clarens in the Free State has recently born witness to a new creative wonder – so-called urban art.
As with many galleries – seemingly elitist and inaccessible - most of the local community does not get to experience the beauty and fascination of art. However, recently, this practice has been targeted by a new artist residency that aims to break down these barriers…
As mentioned last week, Hennessy will be bringing the infamous street artist Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY Giant) to Johannesburg this Saturday, 20 September.
Here’s your chance to win tickets to the bottle signing during the day or the launch event in the evening…
Name one of the values that Hennessy and Shepard Fairey share?
Competition closes on Thurday 18 September.
Winners will be announced on Friday…
This new video highlights some of the pieces painted during the 2013 City of Gold Urban Art Festival. The next installment of this annual festival will take place in one months time - October 5 to 11. Get excited!
Video by Cale Waddacor
Music by Sibot
Below are two other videos from the same time:
i spent a few days filming some graffiti that was made during the city of gold graffiti festival here in johannesburg south africa. music by jack parow ft sibot.
New, limited edition prints from Faith47 are being released. The last release was sold out very quickly, so don’t sleep on this.
FAITH47 :: SOLSTICE
The first in a collectable series of intimate books and screen-prints from Faith47
THE HIDDEN YEARS :: VOLUME ONE
Compilation of sketches from 2013 & 2014
A5 size, 80 pages
Signed and numbered
Edition of 100
CHAOS :: SCREENPRINT
5 layer screenprint on Stardream Antique Gold
21 x 15cm
Signed and numbered
Edition of 100
Release date: 21 JUNE 2014
Release time: 10:00 LA, 13:00 NYC, 18:00 London, 17:00 JHB
*one order per house-hold, any mass orders will be cancelled.
The short films follow the 23-year-old artist on various painting expeditions as he engages with township communities and brings about a positive outlook on graffiti culture. He’s also currently in Mexico and The US for a new project, Face The Peace. Find out more in an interview with him here.
‘Obey You Collective’ is brought to you by Sprite and The Fader Magazine and features young creatives in various disciplines. With great photography and video documentation by Adriaan Louw, you’ll be sure to enjoy this series…
Take a deep-dive into South Africa’s artistic street culture. This series of mini-documentaries, photography, and interviews introduces a few of South Africa’s most driven, talented, and forward-thinking young artists and entrepreneurs. You’ll also get a street-level look into the distinctive scenes and communities where South Africa’s brightest live, work, and create.
Photographs by Adriaan Louw
The basic concept of the Clash Wall is simple:
“Tweet your creative ideas to a standby graffiti artist to turn your digital idea into a graffiti reality.”
Here’s what went down at the wall in Cape Town last month, with artists Skubalisto and Migo…
The Jo’burg clash is going to be even more epic as Rasty will take on an 53m wall wall in Braamfontein on 28 & 29 March. The wall is at South Point, corner of Melle and Jorissen streets. Remember that your ideas can become a reality - Tweet any word or idea with the hashtags #ClashWall #JHB, and follow @Converse_Africa to keep up with the progress. This is gonna rock!
A teaser video for the upcoming documentary, Painting Cape Town, has been released. Based on the 2013 book by Matthew Olckers, with the same title, the film will reveal a more in-depth look into Cape Town’s graffiti scene. Directed by Katey Carson, featuring interviews with prominent writers.
Germany and South Africa cross paths as Dee One from Bremen and Roger Williams from Cape Town collaborate in a cross-media exhibition of their work. The two artists meet for the first time in Cape Town as they present their work at the Black Box Gallery, followed by the official VIP dinner and after-event at True Italic art cafe, with performances by DJ Azuhl, DJ Phax Mulder and VJ State of the Art. Opening night is on 3 April 2014 at the Black Box Gallery, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, at 17:30.
As shared on our Facebook page, Faith47 has recently completed a new large-scale mural in Cape Town in collaboration with Design Indaba and Thingking. The mural, entitled ‘Harvest’, is painted near one of Cape Town’s busiest highways and aims to combine street art and social awareness. This project, #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.
Photos by @Makhulu (Rown Pybus)
Visit the official website for more info on this great initiative:
QK are the first featured crew in MTN Colors‘ new series of the VERSUS project.
Various writers around the world are challenged to showcase the new ‘Hardcore 2’ range.
The colour for this South African crew; ‘Budha Red’…
In 2011 a group of Street Artists united in Gambia with the basic idea to turn villages in the area (falling under the Ballabu Conservation Project) into a living art project. This video shows the magic and beauty of Gambia, its people and Art.
Founded by Lawrence Williams & James English (http://www.wideopenwalls.co.za)
Before Instagram and inner city gentrification there was Graffiti and with it came the mingling of exhaust and paint fumes, the scraping away of rot and unearthing urine-stained sidewalk weeds for the perfect spot. There was finding the best wall and owning it, but most of all burning the rest. This is graffiti and it all started from the ground up.
One of the themes we have been unpacking and repackaging, for the last year at Two by Two Art Studio, is how graffiti writers find their place in the art world and at what point do studio artists leave the white cube for the streets. MARS’ debut exhibition From The Ground Up takes graffiti from its very roots and plants it into a space that is both public and private. This is a show by a prolific graffiti writer with a graphic design background. Original artworks, small to large scale, are all reasonably priced allowing for any art enthusiast have a piece of the street for their own collection.
MARS has been painting walls, trains, alleyways, drains and anything else you can lay your eyes on for years. He is one of Joburg’s finest graffiti bombers and has, in recent years, taken his productions to a new level. His crew Demolition Squad has also recently claimed awards at the 2012 South African Hip hop Awards for Best Graffiti Crew and the best crew at the Newtown Back to the City Festival.
10 October 2013 until 24 October 2013
with DJ’s Left & Right and a graffiti tour with Past Experiences at 6PM.
“In 2010, the infamous RAMM:?LL:Z?? took one final apprentice within his movement of “GOTHIC FUTURISM.” After months of mechanical & design apprenticeship, he was awarded title of “D-ONE”, authorized to race tank style letters & given the duty of “IKONOKLAST PANZERIST”. This legacy continues through D-One aka “DR.ZVLV” & the other soldiers in the “TAG MASTER KILLERS” army of assassins… ”
“Evolutionary, symbolic & functional with building blocks armed to destroy. These letter forms are not a toy.”
Some of Durbans finest graffiti artists will be painting live collaborations at the New Pier beach front this Friday (22 March).
Painting The Town, a long running Cape Town graffiti blog, have been working on a book which will be released next month. This will be the first book on South African graffiti and will feature pictures and interviews with writers from the Cape Town scene.
You can pre-order the book through Shelflife, who are also publishing the book.
Faith47’s “Fragments of a Burnt History” is comprised of an installation of found objects and artwork created in the artist’s studio, as well as a new series of monotypes produced in collaboration with the David Krut Print Workshop. Faith47, based in Cape Town, is a recognised street artist whose work can be found in cities all over the world. She has an established international gallery career, with exhibitions in Europe, America and Australia, but Fragments of a Burnt History is her first solo exhibition in South Africa, indicating a culture of cross-over from street to studio that is already well underway abroad.
The body of work presented in this exhibition is, appropriately, drawn from the artist’s experience of her own country, particularly the city of Johannesburg. Although the work is not a direct interpretation of the city, her experience is of Johannesburg as a representative African city, the streets full of the energy of transformation and endless possibility, but also the evidence of the harsh realities of day to day life. The textures of the streets are incorporated into her studio work, which becomes a combination of her signature graphic style and marks left behind by people who were in those locations before her. The installation of work communicates the emotion that Faith47 experiences on the streets, which tell her ‘a real, hard and beautifully sad story.’ The nostalgic architecture of the city is present in the work, and the sense that the ‘history of the city is etched deep into its streets’ – the works are fragments of this history, containing signs of the dynamic transition that has been, at times, reeling and painful, but has also been honest, allowing itself to be offered up for comment and consumption. The voices of the people that occupy this symbolic South African city, incorporated into Faith47’s own voice, allow her work to function as a penetrative look into the psyche of the spaces that we communally inherit.
Graffiti in G’eez, in Addis Ababa…
A couple videos of Pixel Monster aka Giggly Cook painting in Namibia…
Luderitz, June 2011
And getting the local kids involved:
Luderitz, February 2012
Westside Walls documents various graffiti art in and around the western suburbs of Westbury and Westdene in Johannesburg. It captures some of the surrounding atmosphere and features a vast array of artists.
Featuring works by Rasty, Curio, Myza, Skeza, Ryza, Lunar, NME Crew, Naid, Monk, Easl, Agen, Bias, Zesta, Mbi, Nje, Tyke, Tapz, Fiya, Mars, Skilz, Days, Tower, Trips, Hac One, Gogga, Beva, Kerz, Angel, Mafuta Ink, Dal East, Rekzo, Vesa, Disk, Pase, Wise, Erar, Zoo, Nard, Fers, Fury, Jestr.
The video is a pitch for an upcoming graffiti film called Bomb The World. It features Aroe, a notorious train bomber, and the main concept is to take him to various slums all over the world to paint.
Check out some coverage of Rwanda around 2:42…
This project looks really cool and we look forward to seeing it being produced.
Above, a street artist who travels the world, recently painted a large sociopolitical mural in Johannesburg’s diamond district - a base for around 300 diamond traders. Known for his large-scale wordplay pieces, and his trademark ‘arrows’ (of course), he approached the owners of the wall with the intent to paint “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” in big letters. The owners of the wall swiftly agreed and left him alone to paint.
Above then added “and a man’s worst enemy” as a surprise for Jewel City, one of the biggest diamond exporters in the world with over R7-Billion worth of diamonds being exported every year. This daring move has been seen as “unfair” by the property owners but the main intention was to create awareness of blood diamonds in Africa, where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.
International street artist Above was commissioned by Origin Wines in Cape Town to paint at their wine bottling headquarters.
“Origin Wines is supportive of the arts but also of humane and ethical Fairtrade practices. Fairtrade is a worldwide organisation helping marginalised producers in developing countries, to move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability on a sustainable basis.”
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.
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.
Khaled Said, a symbolic figure and the face of the revolution in Egypt, was recently awarded the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation‘s Human Rights Award 2011 together with Slim Amamou from Tunisia in Berlin on September 19th 2011. The tragic death of the Egyptian Internet activist, rapper and blogger sparked massive protests, with the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said” becoming a strong force within the revolution.
Many have paid tribute to Khaled Said with graffiti, street art murals and stencils in Cairo and Alexandria where he died on 6 June 2010 - brutally beaten by policemen. At the award ceremony in Berlin, he was honoured by having his portrait painted by German artist Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case from the famous photo realist graffiti crew, Ma’Claim. This commemorative portrait was painted on a piece of the Berlin wall and transported to the venue.
Khaled Said’s portrait, painted by Case. Text above: “Khaled’s rights are Egypt’s rights” painted by Zahraa Kassem. Text below: “We are all Khaled Said”, calligraphy by Mohamed Gaber painted by Case.
“They broke down the Berlin Wall for freedom and unity. Khaled Said got killed for the same reason, for freedom and democracy. Khaled would be very happy if he was with us today. We will not forget you Khaled and we will bring your rights back. And we will bring every Egyptian’s right back. We are all Khaled Said!” - Zahraa Said Kassem, Khaled’s sister who received the award on his behalf.
Zahraa Said Kassem with Slim Amanou
Now, as part of a project with the Goethe Institute, new portraits have been painted by Case in Khaled Said’s home town of Alexandria and in the capital, Cairo. The rest of the Ma’Claim crew were also present and together they painted a mural symbolising peace, freedom and victory.
Portrait in front of the Townhouse Gallery of an Egyptian boy whom Case met in the street while painting in Cairo.
“Tribute to the Arab Revolution” by Ma’Claim crew (Akut, Tasso, Case, Rusk), Alexandria, 2011.
GIF-Animation: Like the revolution, the mural “uses” the Internet to reveal its message.
Below are videos of Joel Sames (documentarian of the project from the beginning) with Khaled’s Said’s mother Laila Marzouk and his sister Zahraa Kassem, discussing the project on an Egyptian TV show. Both Khaled’s mother and sister are still strong advocates in Egypt’s unfinished revolution.
This is a project by Don Karl, publisher and co-author of the book “Arabic Graffiti” & Hip Hop Stuetzpunkt Berlin - in collaboration with The Dudes Factory (Freedom Park) & Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.
As mentioned in a post earlier this year, the second phase of the DK “R” project will take place in November and December 2011. This time round the artists Jérôme Désert (Belgium) and Jerome Maillet aka Jeronimo (France) will collaborate with two Senegalese artists; Mamadou Diallo Sadio (SAADIO) and Barkinado BOCOUM.
Here are more videos from the first phase of the project which took place in April and May 2011:
All pics courtesy of Jéronimo
A short video documenting the recent street art/paste-up project, Paste, which took place in Cape Town, curated by Shani Judes of SJ ARTISTS and Between 10and5.
18 local artists were selected for the exhibition, stepping out of the gallery space and into the inner city streets of Cape Town and the nearby township of Khayelitsha. Artworks were brought directly to the people, beautifying the streets and creating inspiration.
This is the first time a project like this has happened in South Africa and it looks like it was a big success. The curators are looking forward to having more street art exhibitions like this in other cities, and they would appreciate any support for future projects.
Artists that took part in the first Paste project, Khayelitsha Culture:
The event was held at “Ourspace” at Main Street Life on Saturday the 27th of August, and was curated by MJ Turpin.
Believe is a short documentary of a public art/mural project which took place in Rochester, New York in July 2011. The goal: to inspire the local community and communicate a positive message. Ian Wilson, co-founder of non-profit organisation The Synthesis Collaborative, brought the project to life and invited South African artists to participate. Cape Town’s Faith47, Mak1one, Freddy Sam and Dal were among the artists involved and several murals were painted.
Shelflife store launched it’s first worldwide release sneaker collaboration project with Puma. In classic Shelflife style this special occasion was celebrated with a very memorable party event. VIPs, celebrities, friends & family were all in attendance along with local graffiti artists, sneaker heads & facebook photo competition winners. It was history in the making with plenty of party entertainment including a killer line up of Dj’s, an art exhibition, live graffiti bombing, live “shriiimping” art & even the opportunity for guests to shop in store and make their own mark on a full 3D model train!
More pics of the sneakers HERE
Images and text courtesy of Dr Zulu Green
Life Check is a Durban based non-profit Hip Hop events organisation. Using the resources provided by various funding groups and the continued support provided by Redbull SA Culture department, a platform has been created for Durban youth to express themselves through Hip Hop culture and related performance styles.
Originally Life Check was a gathering of youth from the Durban metro every first Saturday of the month at The BAT Centre, located in the city Yacht Basin. This event would run for approximately 5 hour as people expressed themselves through rapping, dancing, poetry and music in a safe and controlled environment. Today the organisation has moved the event away from one dedicated venue and given it more flexibility to control ’satellite’ events. These ’satellite’ events are located wherever an existing scene is in evidence. “Life Check attempts to provide a boost in the form of a daytime free Hip Hop Open Mic concert featuring guest artists from outside of the location, as well as heads from within the scene itself.”
Tuesday, 2 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
6pm & 8pm
Wednesday, 3 August
Slaghuis King of the Street Rap
Thursday, 4 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
6pm & 8pm
Friday, 5 August
Dance Workshops (in association with STR CRD)
12pm & 2pm
Classics party in association with The Chief Rockers
Saturday, 6 August
Life Check All Elements Battle 2011 (in association with ADIDAS & Sportscene)
Registration 9am - Battle commences 11am (1-on-1 battles)
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place
MC, BBOY, GRAFFITI, DJ, BEATBOX, PRODUCTION, KRUMP
The DK “R” project is a street art project in Dakar, Senegal. The two artists behind the project are Jérôme Désert (Belgium) and Jerome Maillet aka Jeronimo (France).
Jeronimo lived in Dakar between 2007 and 2009 and Jerome made a trip to Senegal in 2010. Both artists had a common desire to talk about identity, movement, energy and the people of Dakar directly on the walls.
The city became their canvas as they left the gallery space and plastered many walls with large format images of the people. The first stage of the project took place in April and May 2011.
The second phase of the DK “R” project takes place in November and December 2011 in collaboration with two Senegalese artists; Mamadou Diallo Sadio (SAADIO) and Barkinado BOCOUM. They will help Jerome and Jeronimo because they are very familiar with the city. This time they will split into two pairs to cover more ground.
During this second phase, from November 20 to December 15, an interaction with the public and the owners of the walls will be identified. The artists will interview the locals and gather oral evidence of the history and current events of the walls on which interventions take place. These stories will then be transcribed (in fragments) and inserted into the monumental compositions using typography cut on site. The participation of the people will form an integral part in the project, manifesting greater relevance and enabling local residents to have their say.
All the artists will make drawings in their respective workshops, thus keeping their own point of view. All compositions and associations of the pasted drawings will be improvised on the walls, leaving a possibility of interaction with the places and people. The walls covered will be between 5 and 7 meters high, each collage becoming its very own urban event.
All pics courtesy of Jéronimo
The first event of Underground Exchange took place on 8 July 2011. The exhibition was created by Shelflife and held at Ficton Bar in Cape Town in order expose the art to people in a different setting, aside from a gallery. These events are part of an exchange program to showcase the best UK underground street culture right here in South Africa.
The exhibition is still running and all prints are up for sale. Artists that featured in this exhibition were Banksy, Part2ism, She One, Solo One, Mark Ireland and Ink Fetish.
Check out the video where the curator, Dr Zulu takes you on a walkabout…
Check out the first episode of the Inside Out Project HERE.
Graffiti art in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Check out this video on the Overhead Sketch Battles semi-final which took place at Grayscale last week:
The final takes place tonight…
- Ben vs Breeze (Final)
- Rekzo vs Mr. Alpha (3rd & 4th place play-off)
What is Graffiti? What is Fine Art?
This is ‘Graffiti Fine Art’…
Trailer for an upcoming documentary film about graffiti and its place in the world of art. 65 artists from 13 countries took part in the 1st Biennial International “Graffiti Fine Art” Exhibition at the MuBE Museum in São Paulo, Brazil.
Directed by Jared Levy.
Spanish art collective Boamistura have just released the trailer for their forthcoming documentary about the time they spent in Cape Town earlier this year.
Cairo part from Papas Vol. 2 video:
Huslaz whole car:
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.
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 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
Artists that took part:
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
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:
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.