The Langa Quarter Street Art Competition is back for 2016, re-branded as ULTRA, the event has been ongoing through this week with pieces nearing completion…Keep reading →
Great new works by the likes of Aryz, Bo130, Microbo, and Kid Kreol & Boogie. Take a look:
Jace (Reunion Island):
Kid Kreol & Boogie (Reunion Island):
Thanks to Seth for sharing his pictures with us!
Graffiti and street art is still very young in South Africa when compared to places like New York, London and Berlin, even more so for the rest of Africa. Very little graffiti exists in other African states, but this is slowly changing as more international artists have been painting and traveling throughout the continent.
Jace, a graffiti artist from Réunion Island, was recently in South Africa and also painted in one of our neighbouring countries, Botswana…
Jace painted local tuckshops in Old Naledi as part of the Arts For Change initiative.
Photos by Sebastian Modak
Local artists also painted…
This week Arts For Change has been hosting creative art workshops for local youth. The next project will feature Kid Kréol & Boogie (Réunion Island) after they’ve painted at the City Of Gold Urban Art Festival in Johannesburg.
“WHOOP WHOOP! Sound o’ da police…”
RUSHER and REPS are two Botswana writers currently on the down-low. These guys gained a huge Internet following with almost one million views for all their videos on YouTube! We asked RUSHER a few short questions…
How did you get into graffiti art?
I started writing in 2006 when we were driving home from a holiday trip in Durban. I always used to draw in the car – I drew things I noticed outside and eventually the graffiti that covered South African walls and bridges inspired me to start sketching. I started noticing the graffiti under the bridges, so every bridge we drove under I would jump from the right window to the left window to scan the walls for graffiti. I eventually did my first pieces ‘MF’ and ‘UFO’ and still have those exact pictures in my black book today! When I met Reps, in 2008 or 2009, I got him into writing and that’s when it started… It’s been a while now.
Describe painting and the scene in Botswana…
Botswana is still behind in the graffiti culture/lifestyle. In a way this is to our advantage, we are the ones inspiring others to start writing. I like competition and seeing new throws and pieces around the city, but that is often hard to find here. It’s always good putting new stuff on the streets so you can better others and yourself. We are not exposed to graffiti as much as other cities, many writers are born from the streets by noticing what they see on the walls and unfortunately there is not much here. Hopefully over time the people will become more accepting of the graffiti culture and it will slowly grow, we are the ones planting the seeds and getting it started.
I know a lot of youngsters notice our work and try copy it, but we don’t mind as long as they start writing. It’s nice to think we have inspired someone out there… The painting here is amazing, especially in winter, it’s our city! We love our country, our home…
I hope this isn’t the cops aahaha, if it is then fuck, it’s over, peace. Keep safe writers.
>> Check out more in our ‘GRAFFITI AFRICA GALLERY’
Arts For Change is “an initiative to empower youth to use their artistic talents as a means to develop their livelihoods.”
Last year, they hosted a graffiti event with South Africa’s Mak1one & Kasi along with some local graff artists:
This week they will be hosting Jace, a graffiti artist from Reunion Island, known for his character ‘Gouzou’.
More info on their Facebook page
Alliance Française invites you to meet Jace, graffiti artist from Reunion Island:
Talk & demo
Friday 15 March, 2pm
at Alliance Française de Durban
22 Sutton Crescent
Tel: 031 312 9582 / Fax: 031 312 2864
Free coffee & biscuits
RSVP before Thurs 14 at
“Jace is a graffiti artist originally from Le Havre in northern France who has lived on Reunion Island since he was 9 years old. He created Gouzou, a humorous, faceless character who remains fearless under any climate, in any circumstance and any country. It is Jace’s passion for drawing and his dream of an underground lifestyle that prompted him to specialize in graffiti art. Fascinated by the idea of transforming advertising posters, he has exhibited his work in many countries around the world. Eager to protect his freedom of expression, he no longer wants to solely express himself through Gouzou, and we can expect surprises during his residency in Durban.”
“Ntombenhle Mbongwe is studying at the KZNSA Durban Centre for Photography since last year, she’s a durbanite photographer and has been the winner of the Alliance Française Foundation photography competition in Kwazulu-Natal. She will follow Jace at every step of the residency and go to Reunion Island for the South African Season in France for the presentation of the work they’ve made together.”
“Jace will give a talk about his trips all round the world - together with the character he created 20 years ago, Gouzou - and about his residency/tour in South Africa & Botswana.”
>> Download a PDF with all the tour info and workshop dates here: pdf_jace_eng.pdf
>> Or check out the Facebook event
And here’s Jace in Madagascar:
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.