The Street Talk (a.k.a. Talking Streets) exhibition opened on Friday 22 May in Johannesburg. I was very excited to attend as I have known most of the artists and their work for many years, plus it is always interesting when street art enters the gallery space…
* UPDATE: Event renamed to ‘Talking Streets’
Super excited about this upcoming exhibition as it is probably one of the ultimate collaborations of African-influenced street painters. Each of the artists’ diverse portfolios is rooted within our soil; ‘Africanism’ is a constant theme.
This amalgamation of graffiti artists and illustrators will hopefully produce an urban contemporary visual tale never seen before…
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Johannesburg Street recreates the city of Johannesburg as one long street through mediums such as printmaking, painting, photography, videography and publications. Alphabet Zoo is a street-culture zine that invites collaboration with other young talented artists, illustrators, publishers and designers. By running silk screen and zine workshops, the Alphabet Zoo duo of Minekulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, Johannesburg-based printmakers, will interact with various public spaces, both in terms of production and exhibiting work. One of the aims of the Alphabet Zoo Research Project is to explore the possibilities of hosting the first Zine Fair or Zine Fest in the city of Johannesburg.
Ngoyi and Zavale both studied at Artist Proof Studios and have been exhibiting in a number of group shows in the last two years, including “AS SEEN ON TV” at Sibi Gallery, and as part of the Independent Publishing Project at the Goethe-Institut and produced with Keleketla! Library and Johannesburg Central Library. Ngoyi and Zavale work from Newtown and are involved in running the newly opened printmaking studio ‘Prints on Paper’.
18 September, 18h30
Goethe on Main @ Arts On Main
245 Main Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg
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Join the Johannesburg Street project and take part in free workshops around illustration, zines, book binding, lino cut & monoprint, and more. Here’s the brand new workshop schedule. Registration via http://www.docs.google.com/forms/d/1pfsh417VUy3VNXsfB6f6nVd8VBXbZnyBdBsFbFby5nE/viewform?edit_requested=true