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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

NEWS \\ New works painted in Kliptown, Soweto

Last week, the suburb of Kliptown, the oldest residential district in Johannesburg’s South Western Townships (Soweto), saw a creative influx as Redbull’s Amaphiko Academy was taking place between 4 and 13 April, 2014.

Running alongside the main event, graffiti artists including Falko and Rasty painted various walls throughout the community. Renowned graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, who was a guest speaker and mentor at the conference, was also present, snapping away at the festivities. This was Martha’s third visit to South Africa - last year she and stencil artist, Lady Aiko (USA), stayed with the Soweto Art Residency and also worked in and around the Kliptown area.

Rowan Pybus captured some action on one of the days…

Photos: ©rowan@makhulu

Other graffiti artists who put up new artworks throughout last week include Riot, Trips, Drake, Tower, Kasi, Ekse, and Mundano from Brazil. More pictures to follow.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Martha Cooper & Lady Aiko Showcase

World renowned graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, has been staying in Soweto for the past few weeks and will be holding a small showcase this weekend. She will be showcasing new work alongside fellow New Yorker, stencil artist, Lady Aiko, at the Kliptown Gallery. Martha Cooper was primarily in the country to continue working on her Soweto/Sowebo series.

EVENT \\ I Art Joburg

After the success of the I ART WOODSTOCK and I ART SOWETO community art projects held last year, adidas Originals brings you I ART JOBURG. This September, five world-renowned artists will paint six large scale murals in the Maboneng Precinct, East Johannesburg.

  • Remed

Madrid local Remed has mural artworks scattered across the world, which combine strikingly bold colours with strong lines and a raw African-inspired cubism.

  • Steve ‘Espo’ Powers

Along with sign-writing connoisseurs the Icy Sign Team, they will paint two murals in true Espo-typographic-style.

  • Roa

Famous for his obsession with painting animals, the unveiling of the mural by Roa from Belgium is eagerly anticipated.

  • Martha Cooper

Best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene, legendary street culture photographer Martha Cooper will be documenting the I ART JOBURG community art project.

  • Cameron Platter

Durban-based fine artist Cameron Platter will be making the transition from exclusive gallery space to inclusive community space.

  • Falko

Cape Town-based graffiti artist Falko is not only admired for his style, but also for establishing graffiti as a credible art form in South Africa.

The painting has commenced, starting off with a Remed mural, and we cannot wait to see the results. There will also be I ART JOBURG Talks and screenings of the documentary “Love Letter To You” by Steve ‘Espo’ Powers during STR/CRD/12 which takes place at the end of the month. Both are free to the public, but there is limited space.

Guided I ART JOBURG Walks will be curated by Ricky Lee Gordon a.k.a Freddy Sam of /A WORD OF ART in October and an exhibition of Martha Cooper’s photo documentary of the mural art project will be held in the Maboneng Precinct, open for two months before moving to Cape Town.

Plascon are the official paint supplier to adidas Originals I ART JOBURG community art project and have donated 400 litres of paint towards the project.

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