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EVENT \\ Live Graffiti: Celebrating the Life of 4givn

Come join the celebration of an incredible legacy, in loving memory of Durban graffiti artist Delon 4GIVN Moody. “All he ever wanted was to make everyone happy, so let us celebrate his incredible legacy the way he would’ve wanted - full of paint!”

Friday, 7th April 2017 at The Winston Pub, Glenwood

Live graffiti by: WosOne, Taik, Stops, Mook Lion, Spook, Giffy, Hoser.

Tribute piece by Mook Lion, Winston Pub (2016).
Photo by @DurbanStreetArt - check them out on Instagram.

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/2016/04/15/rip-4givn/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: NSFW by Dane Stops

NSFW: A Solo Exhibition by Dane Stops

7 November at 17:40 to 21 November at 16:00
Durban University of Technology Art Gallery
51 Steve Biko (formerly Mansfield) Road, Durban

The exhibition consists of work completed in partial fulfillment of a Master’s degree in Graphic Design. This body of work is an investigation into the artistic exploration of…

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2015 Round-up: Year In Review (Highlights)

We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2015…

Featuring:

  • Graffiti South Africa Book Launches and Exhibitions
  • Videos Round-up
  • Woodcuts by Boeta Phyf
  • Pastelheart (RIP) Tribute
  • Competitions & Graffiti Jams Recap
  • Falko’s Once Upon A Town Project
  • Westdene Grafiti Project
  • City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015
  • Rest of Africa
  • Graffiti Artist of the Year
  • NEW Graffiti South Africa Website
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EVENT \\ Durban Graffiti Tour with Street Scene

Street Scene are hosting another epic graffiti tour on Saturday the 28th March 2015 as part of the Graffiti South Africa book launch for Durban.

Durban continues to sustain a burgeoning underground culture, demonstrated most graphically on the walls of the city through what is arguably one of South Africa’s most hidden Street Art scenes. The story of the painted “Poison City” will have you walking the pathways of countless graffiti writers and artistic vigilantes, from the South Basin to Rivertown. You’ll never look at ‘graffiti’ the same way again…

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EVENT \\ Tracksides: An Urban Art Event

Tracksides is a multi-layered event showcasing local arts. The urban art event features the Graffiti SA book launch, sketch battles, customisation, live graffiti time lapse, group exhibitions, and more…

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Graffiti South Africa Book: Launch Events

The Graffiti South Africa book launch will take place at three prestigious events across the country. The launches will coincide with diverse group exhibitions featuring talented urban and street artists. Other activities include video screenings, street art tours, live painting, sketch wars and book signings.

Full details listed after the jump…

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2014 Round-up: Year In Review (Highlights)

We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2014…

Featuring:

  • Ekons (RIP) Tribute
  • Another Light Up Project
  • Butan x DS Clothing Collab
  • Converse Clash Wall
  • Obey You Collective: Sprite x The Fader
  • Painting Cape Town Documentary
  • Redbull Amaphiko
  • Festigraff 5 in Senegal
  • Styles From The Streets Exhibition
  • Montana Just Writing My Name Jam 2014
  • Djerbahood Mural Project in Tunisia
  • Faith47 Murals in Durban
  • The Box Project in Durban
  • Epic Train Painting in Cape Town
  • Then & Now Feature
  • OBEY (Shepard Fairey) in South Africa
  • City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2014
  • Tag for JAG Exhibition
  • Resistance Project: Public Art Installation
  • Freedumb Graffiti Exhibition
  • Ism Skism Art Residency in Clarens
  • Kevin Love Exhibition and Interview
  • Graffiti South Africa Book Release
  • Faith47 Releases and Solo Exhibition
  • Bias’ Graffiti Tour App
  • Riot Crowned #1
  • Gallery Features
  • Event & Exhibition Follow-ups
  • Image Round-ups
  • What We Missed in 2014

>> READ MORE

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2014 Round-up: What We Missed

A brief recap of happenings that we didn’t cover throughout 2014, the year that was…

Featuring:

  • Word On The 5treet Wheatpastes
  • Primal Herd Exhibition
  • Art & Artists Book
  • Cape Town Art Street
  • Freddy Sam x RVCA
  • The Gloks Fanzine
  • Inventory Exhibition
  • Jebo in Frankfurt - MTN Video
  • Nando’s Accidental Art Project
  • City of Gold Sneaker Collab
  • Night of 1000 Drawings CPT
  • Redbull Doodle Art
  • BewareOfColour Urban Art Project
  • Tokolos Collective
  • CORE Collective in UAE
  • Falko One in Prince Albert, Karoo
  • Friends Zine
  • RIOT exhibition II
  • Mandela Day in KwaMashu
  • Fridge Art
  • 30 Days & A City: Public Exhibit

>> READ MORE

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EVENT \\ Red Eye Durban 2014

Red Eye Durban 2014 will take place at The Bakery in Umbilo (106 Khuzimpi Shezi / Williams Road). There will be art, music, dance, poetry, photo-booth, installations, digital films, pop-up store & more.

>> READ MORE

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Shifting Territories

Opening tomorrow night in Durban at KZNSA Gallery, 18h00.

Reading the city.
Our movement within a city, the way we interact with its streetscape, its surfaces, its asperities and ruptures, is a reading. As we move we actualise a path – a path that is individual, and yet constrained by the possibilities offered. It is much as if we move elliptically through a page of text, accepting some parts, reflecting on or rejecting others. Cognitively, the memories and associations of our lives that subtend the places we pass through, form a network of meaning and reference. Our movement gives this a chronology, the same chronology that is used in narrative - linking through time events that should perhaps find their reason in affect, or gender, or necessity, more than a serial ordering. Finally the coherence produced through reference, ellipsis, conjunction is that of the text – a text whose ultimate meaning lies in the hands of the reader. A text that cannot be neutral but that is shot through with questions of power and access.

Writing the city.
Power, when conceived of as constitutive of the public sphere, as inherent in the categorisations and legalities which influence our reading, allows us to understand how a city is also a textual economy. Street Art is a fundamental, transgressive, part of this economy. Its transgression is both physical and visual. Physically it appropriates, dislodges, superimposes and subverts. Visually it contravenes genres in a writing that opens divergent meanings.

Street Art doesn’t speak TO its immediate environment, it doesn’t speak ABOUT its immediate environment. It JOINS the environment, attaching itself and all of its ego and contradictions and politics, forcing itself to be seen, experienced, witnessed, and ultimately reacted with. It claims its space unashamedly, forcing us to question its existence, to contest its existence, and when we cannot provide any adequate rationalization for why it shouldn’t exist, we must eventually accept it. It forces us to come to terms with our rapidly diminishing space for free expression in the constant commodification of culture and its continued containment in easy-to-ignore categories of constraint: fashion, entertainment, exhibition, publication. By forcing us deeper into our environment, by forcing us to connect graphically with the street, to position ourselves for, or against, or with it, Street Art brings us back into sharp focus as active participants in the lived presence of our public spaces. We begin to re-style our streets, to customize our concrete confines.

Graffiti culture artists refer to themselves as ‘writers’, concerned primarily with letters and a unique style of expressing the angles and aspects of the alphabet. Consequently, the act of painting your ‘name’ or the collection of letters you enjoy expressing is known as ‘style-writing’. The simplest form, the artist signature, commonly called a ‘tag’ is more correctly termed a ‘hand-style’. - Ewok

The exhibition.
The challenge of bringing Street Art to a gallery is the challenge of translating subversion of style, transgression of place and divergence of meaning within a frame that reduces the possibilities of the media – surface texture, lighting, movement, context – whilst also inhibiting the movement of the gaze, the path through the city that was also a reading of Street and Art.

Transgression and movement must therefore be found within the works that are displayed. The two central pieces of this exhibition illustrate this in different ways.

The white on white graffiti by Ewok subverts a static reading. Sheen, relief, contour, form, are only discernible as one changes perspective and distance – bringing movement back into the space of the gallery. It is a reading that also requires engagement and an implication by the viewer, returning this work to the space of the street’s divergent discourses.

The final composition involving several street artists - on the floor of the gallery - requires a reading path across its surface. To read one must actualise a path, a vector, a direction over the composition. To create this composition the artists, the writers, were also asked to blindfold themselves and to let their pen traverse paper, apprehending the space of the paper in a movement that could only feel, understand the distances and the orientation – much as we cross the city.

Where to from here?
The artists, the writers, of this exhibition is already developing a project with the city with regards to understanding Street Art and how a re-writing of the city is also a way of empowering and developing.

Concept note by William Kelleher, socio-linguist and educator.

EVENT \\ Poison City: Out Of This World Jam

A graffiti jam will be taking place in Westville, Durban this coming weekend. The idea is to get everyone to come together and collaborate on a thematic production.

The wall that will be painted:

The overall theme is “Out of this World”, so think space etc.
Black primer background with purple and pink planets etc. Orange and red, hot browns (warm colours) for fills and white outline with greys in the 3D. Yellow second outline/ floating second. Whatever your vibe is.

PICS \\ Reverse Graffiti by UrbanLoveZA

Robin Williams tribute:

>> http://www.facebook.com/urbanloveza

Faith47 graces the streets of Durban

TAKE your idea of an average public transport hub in a South African CBD; add about 400 000 daily commuters and 8 000 informal traders, and you will have a mental image of what a day at the intersection of David Webster and Julius Nyerere Street in Durban is like.

This hub is called Warwick Junction (also Warwick Triangle) and it is here that Cape Town-based artist, Faith 47, has recently completed six murals which feature people who are traders at the market as her models.

She was invited to paint murals in Durban as part of the 25th World Congress on Architecture and, after scouting different parts of the city, she settled on Warwick Junction.

“Of all the places we looked at in Durban there is nothing quite like the market. I think quite a few people in Durban avoid that area, seeing it as a ‘danger’ zone, and I admit there are definitely some criminal elements at work there, but there is also a wealth of culture and vibrancy that is part of the real fabric of our country.” - Faith 47

It was this sense of vibrancy and culture that she wanted to celebrate by choosing to ask the traders at the market to be in the murals.

“When I first visited the Warwick triangle, I was quite overwhelmed and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s a very intense area; the different markets are all sitting right on top of each other but there is a chaotic order to it, overall. It is the people themselves who create the identity of this space and it’s grown quite organically over time. I’m interested in informal trading because it is a great strength to the economy, but it seems that the government prefers to support big business judging from the trading by-laws that are increasingly becoming tighter. There are plans for a mall to be built in this location which will threaten the livelihood of traders in the area and I wanted to paint something that they would feel belongs to them, something that represents them and acknowledges their presence there.”

The eThekwini municipality announced plans in 2009 to build a mall at the intersection but the traders were opposed to these plans and the matter eventually resulted in clashes between the traders and metro police. Now, five years later, there is no mall at the site as yet.

Picking only six subjects in a place that is made up of about 8 000 traders, most of whom are women, was not an easy task for Faith. There are different markets at the junction; some sell beadwork, arts and craft, food, meat and some traditional healers also consult from there. Her request for people to be in her murals had to go through the committees of the specific markets in which the people worked in.

“The people at the nyama (meat) market would hardly even let us explain the project to them as they just assumed we were there to exploit them. So we were aggressively chased away, which was quite a disappointing experience. The other markets, however, were much more inviting and we sat for ages with Ma-Dlamini hearing about the experiences that the traders face.”

Faith says it was important to have the traders’ participation and it worked out smoothly in the end.

“I’m happy with the final images. For instance, Xolani is actually an inyanga (traditional healer), but in the portrait he looks like an ordinary man where one cannot necessarily see his profession through any traditional clothes (in the mural). I’m happy about that because the murals are true to life, represent the everyday person. We pass people on the street and their background, their many life stories and experiences are hidden within them.”

Street art and architecture do not always sit comfortably with each other because what one sees as street art looks like a wall being defaced to someone else. But, Faith says her work and architecture are tied together in a very specific way.

“The work I do interacts with architecture in a very specific manner, I am always studying walls, looking for buildings with character or power. I am sensitive to the style, textures and feeling of the buildings around me.”

“Architecture can alienate or embrace a community. Architects are often insensitive to this or planning is done in a way that is impersonal or irrelevant to the needs of the community. An architect holds a special kind of power. But essentially it is the people who then create a space, break down walls, reinvent areas for ways that serve their lifestyle. This is a very interesting sphere of study.”

Words and interview by Neo Maditla (@neo_maditla),
for Graffiti South Africa. August, 2014.

Photographs by Luca Barausse, Michelle Hankinson, Kierran Allen and Faith47.

Faith sends special thanks to Ma-Dlamini, Mr Singh, Mambutho and Xolani Nwza, of which four of the pillars feature their portraits. The other two feature animals; a tiger and a cow.


Watch the official video of Faith 47 in Durban for a greater sense of the work its surroundings:

PICS \\ The Box Project

Durban has been a hive of activity recently with many mural and painting projects. From the Faith47 pillars in Warwick Triangle, to the Morrison Street murals and the Mandela Day project in the KwaMashu township.

Now; The Box Project -

Electricity boxes throughout the CBD were transformed as part of a fringe art intervention at the UIA 2014 conference, also in collaboration with Street Scene.

Photos: Jono Hornby

The names of the artists and the locations of the boxes are listed below:

  • Box 7955 (Joe Kools) - Shaun Oakley
  • Box 6772 (Pavillion Terrace) - Kev Ngwenya
  • Box 25759 (Bike and Bean) - Dane Knudsen
  • Box 11285 (Station Drive) - Daniel Nel
  • Box 6339 (Autozone/Morrison Road) - Joshua Harman
  • Box 24100 (Cool Runnings / Hunter Road) - Mookie Chapman
  • Box 18699 (Corner Old Military Base/ Suncoast) - Tasheera Jai Jai
  • Box 7996 (Budget/Bram Fischer Road) - Jonathan Blaine
  • Box 25747 (Ushaka Free Parking) - Ewok
  • Box 2744 (Standard Bank Building/ Kingsmead Way) - Tyran Roy

The project is the brainchild of Jonas Barausse of Street Scene and Gabriella Peppas from Ilifindo, who are working in collaboration with the eThekweni Municipality. The second and third stage of the project aims to move from Durban CDB into suburbia and surrounding townships. Barausse and Peppas aim to take this project into the private sector after the completion of phase three. With their “Adopt a Box” project, businesses will be able to sponsor the transformation of unsightly electrical boxes near them into public works of art, giving them the opportunity to play a role in beautifying their surroundings.

EVENT \\ Film Screening: Painting Cape Town

The Painting Cape Town documentary film will be screened during the 35th annual Durban International Film Festival next week:

SCREENING DATES:

  • 19 July (2:30pm – 4:13pm) @ Musgrave
  • 23 July (3:30pm – 5:15pm) @ Ekhaya
  • 26 July (9:30pm – 11:13pm) @ Musgrave

Watch the trailer HERE.

A look into the ever-evolving graffiti scene in Cape Town that focuses on the city’s elusive graffiti writers and how the scene has been affected by recent by-laws passed by the City of Cape Town. Painting Cape Town gets into the minds of the men behind the names that they take on, exploring the relationship between the city and the artists. Established figures within the subculture such as Falko and Wealz130 share their experiences of the consuming passion to paint the surfaces of the city.

Directed by: Katey Carson
South Africa
2014
23 min
Based on the book by Matthew Olckers

EVENT \\ What if this City

What if this City envisions a renewed sense of artistic community in Durban. This merging of creative platforms aims to broaden influences and showcase diversity and artistic approach, and in turn build a community that uses the arts as a tool for inspiration.

The inaugural What if this City event will feature live music, art, fashion, dance and more.

Friday May 9, 7pm (FREE ENTRANCE)
Durban University of Technology Art Gallery (and surrounding spaces on Steve Biko Campus)

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

Music, in association with The Bose Experience South Africa and Glenwood Village Music:

  • Sebastian Goldswain
  • Gary Nixon
  • Matt Vend & Wren Hinds
  • Raheem Kemet
  • Ewok
  • Nje
  • Nutscratchers

Live Art, with materials by Liquitex South Africa:

  • Cloud State / Skye T. Steen
  • Nivesh
  • Mook Lion
  • Kev7
  • Roy
  • Dane Draws
  • Sakhile Mhlongo

Photographic installation by Paulo Menezes

Fashion by Drucilla’s Wardrobe on show

Tattooing by Samanthalee Bunnyfluff

Performance by Thabiso Radebe as Joyani Maqa

Dance from 031 Floor Assassins, Flatfoot Training Company, and more

Bar services provided by the Winston Durban
Coffee from Dieketseng the Barista
and food available until 10pm

There will be other interesting things going on throughout the night. Join us. Help inspire! #WhatifthisCity

>> MORE INFO

VIDEO \\ Gasak - Obey You Collective

The next featured graffiti artist for Sprite’s ‘Obey You Collective’ series is Gasak from Pietermaritzbug.
The first was pastelheart, featured here.

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

>> http://www.thefader.com/sprite

SPOTLIGHT \\ Pastel Heart

One of South Africa’s most interesting young artists is Pastel Heart. Last year he won the graffiti title in the countrywide ‘Sprite Uncontainable’ hip hop competition.

Together with The Fader, Sprite have been working on a series of videos documenting South Africa’s street culture. Read an interview with Pastel Heart here and watch the video below.


More recent work by Pastel Heart:

PICS \\ Durban: Wentworth Revisited

A Forgotten Hall of Fame…

Since I watched an online video of a graffiti-smothered street in Durban, I’ve always wanted to view it in real life. Almost five years since the video was posted by Style File Magazine, I finally got a chance to take some flicks. This hall of fame in Wentworth has unfortunately been neglected for some time, with the latest pieces seemingly going up around the same time of the original video in 2009.

(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)

Including work by the following writers:
Pace, Gift, Yeta, 2kil, Plastik, Cade, Tax, Somz, Tapz, Mars, Wos1, React, Agen, Sykad, Cena4, Fiya, Son1, Mym, Taik, Faker, Skape, Eron, Lazer, OptOne, 4givn, Tera, Poet, Emba, Crave.

(#WaybackWednesday)

EVENT \\ Graffiti Jam: Raps Art Beach Jam

Some of Durbans finest graffiti artists will be painting live collaborations at the New Pier beach front this Friday (22 March).

NEWS\\ Jace in South Africa & Botswana

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
Morningside
Durban
Tel: 031 312 9582 / Fax: 031 312 2864

Free coffee & biscuits
RSVP before Thurs 14 at
culture.afdurban@alliance.org.za

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:

EVENT \\ Sketch Warz

Sketch Warz & Life Check present…

Shhh… Artists Drawing! - A live art battle

10 artists, 1 winner, R1000 cash in hand.

Where: Green Hub, 31 Steibel Place, Blue Lagoon, Durban
When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Price: Free

Additional Info for Participants:

  • Each artist receives 3x markers:
    1x skinny marker, 1x average chisel marker, 1x fatty.
  • Black paint & markers provided, bring any additional stationary. Brushes may be used with the black paint.
  • Canvas of 1m x 1m is provided.
  • Judging: Wild card drawn from the crowd.

Sponsored by LIFE CHECK Youth Development Initiative

Participating Artists:

  • Mpilo Manzini
  • Bobby Cross
  • Natalie Fossey
  • Wesley Van Eeden
  • Claude Chandler
  • Samantha Brooke
  • Jono Hornby
  • Tyran Roy
  • Murray Cowan
  • Michael Leggat
  • Travis Cottrell (Reserve)
  • Sifiso Snyire Nyirenda (Reserve)

>> RSVP on Facebook

Also, check out the blog:

www.sketchwarz.blogspot.com/

PICS \\ A Load Off (F.A.T.S Logo Competition)

Below are pics from the F.A.T.S logo competition, “A Load Off”. The event took place over the weekend at the F.A.T.S premises at 180 Sydney Road, Durban.

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place:

>> VIEW THE REST OF THE PICS

The winner was Jason “ Jase” van Zyl, receiving the R10 000 cash prize at a F.A.T.S Cheese and Wine function last night. The artist also painted the F.A.T.S company logo on the outside of their building.

EVENT \\ A Load Off - Graffiti Competition

After all the turmoil that took place in Sydney Road, Durban with the 031 Seven, a local business - F.A.T.S - plan to host a graffiti jam on their premises with a R10,000 prize plus public wall space up for grabs.

The allocated space is a red brick wall 258m², which will divided into 11 equally sized sections. Each section of wall will measure approximately 24m² (8m wide x 3m high) and shall be allocated to an individual artist to decorate to their heart’s delight.

The guidelines given to each artist will be as follows:

  • Each artist to do their interpretation of the F.A.T.S logo (size to be 1.8m high x 1.4m wide)
  • Each artist to do company logo of a section sponsor (size to be 1m high x 1.4m wide)
  • The theme of the whole wall is transport and world maps (trucks, aeroplanes, trains, containers, cranes, ships, atlas etc)

Event details:

Where: 180 Sydney Rd, Congella, Durban

When: Saturday 5 November 2011

Further info contact john@fats.co.za

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Broadcasts

Having recently returned from an artist residency in Finland along with Paul Senyol, Durban artist Wesley van Eeden and Hope Project present BROADCASTS - A series of paintings and illustrations on found objects, translated from stories by people around the world who Wesley has interviewed.

The show opens next month at the KZNSA gallery with invited friends: Paul Senyol (Cape Town) , Christian Mugnai, Pete Reynolds and Duane Smith. There will be live performances, a film screening and a week long installation mural.

>> RSVP on Facebook

EVENT \\ uShaka Body Art & Chalk Drawing Competition


A body art and chalk drawing competition took place at Durban’s uShaka Marine World on Saturday August 27. The event was hosted by Ewok and had an under water theme. Eight artists from around the country competed in a chalk board competition and twelve artists in the body painting competition. There was a guest chalk street artist from Florida, USA who demonstrated his art to the masses.

Durban artist Pastel Heart took first place in the chalk art competition…

>> MORE PHOTOS HERE AND HERE

NEWS \\ Update on Durban Graffiti Troubles

The local graffiti world is buzzing after news of what happened in Durban on Sunday. Seven graffiti artists were arrested at the Eiy5 Memorial Graffiti Jam in Sydney Road and are now appearing in court on September 14. This event was organised and publicised weeks before, with permission from the perceived owner of the wall. It now seems like the wall had been leased from the municipality and was never a legal graffiti wall.

The Citizen and The Mercury newspapers published articles on Monday stating that these men were related to gangs and that this was gang graffiti. Find these here

The overwhelming response is that these articles were sensationalist, melodramatic and pieces of irresponsible journalism. A new website has been set up to create awareness and respond to what has happened…
www.gangsofgraffiti.wordpress.com

Other coverage of this incident:
>> Mahala
>> Zero31 i
>> Zero31 ii

Some interesting responses from both sides of the fence.

NEWS \\ Stick Up at Memorial Jam

A graffiti jam that took place in Durban yesterday took a turn for the worse when seven people were arrested on charges relating to vandalism. The event was created to pay tribute to a deceased friend and was held at a location where several graffiti jams have taken place over the last few years.

Read what the press had to say:

Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Citizen Online

Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Mercury Online

EVENT \\ Life Check 2011

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.”

READ MORE ABOUT LIFE CHECK HERE

Ewok Interview about Life Check from Rory Jacobs on Vimeo.

Life Check Battle Of The Year events happening in Durban, South Africa in August 2011

Schedule

Tuesday, 2 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Wednesday, 3 August
Slaghuis King of the Street Rap
Unit 11
8pm
FREE

Thursday, 4 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Friday, 5 August
Cipher
The Terminal
1pm
Dance Workshops (in association with STR CRD)
Unit 11
12pm & 2pm
FREE

Classics party in association with The Chief Rockers
Unit 11
9pm
R40

Saturday, 6 August
Life Check All Elements Battle 2011 (in association with ADIDAS & Sportscene)
Curry’s Fountain
Registration 9am - Battle commences 11am (1-on-1 battles)
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place
MC, BBOY, GRAFFITI, DJ, BEATBOX, PRODUCTION, KRUMP
Guest Performers
FREE

>> RSVP on Facebook

Life Check All Elements Battle 2010 from Karen Logan on Vimeo.

>> http://www.lifecheckydi.com/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Victim of Art

Victim of Art, “the official opening exhibition and pre-party for Courage Party.
This wild event will be consisting of live graffiti by SAIKAD, with new art pieces on sale from Durban artists SPOOK, FORGIVEN and PASTEL HEART”.

Friday June 24, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Corner Cafe, corner Brand and Cromwell Road, Glenwood.
R40 + free entrance to the Courage Party at the Willowvale Hotel.

The exhibition will run from the 18th of June 2011 and will run for 3 weeks.

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PICS \\ Durban Graffiti Jams

Sydney Road in Durban is a popular place for the local graffiti scene. The walls have seen a few graffiti jams over the past few months. Here are some pics from the latest jam which took place over the weekend. Writers were asked to put up another name other than their actual graffiti name.

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And below are pics from the 100 Plus jam which took place earlier this year:
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Thanks to Kirsty @ Step Up for the images.