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2015 Round-up: Out of Africa

A lot has been happening around the African continent that makes us very excited. These “Out of Africa” posts will gather a selection of the best recent pieces and murals that we have not shared on the site before…

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AFRICA \\ Recent graffiti in Africa

We’re catching up with images we’ve yet to post. Here are some graffiti art works that were painted in the rest of Africa…

(Photos found around the Internet)

Namibia

Mak1one:

Pixel Monster:


The Gambia

Broken Crow (at Wide Open Walls):

Image via Ekosystem


Senegal

Dems 333:

3ttman

Image via Ekosystem


Zimbabwe

Kent Locke:


Madagascar

Airjp:

Image via Fatcap

Kid Kreol & Boogie:


Egypt

Sada:

3ayem:


Kenya

Ashif

(Unknown Artist) - we can’t find the email in which we received this pic…


Morocco

Kidghe:

Image via Ekosystem

Ogre:

C215:

C215:

Remed, sculpture:

Rabie & Meknes

Image via Fatcap


Tunisia

El Seed:

Misc. Tunisia:


Rwanda

Freddy Sam (Photo by Megan King)


Send us photos of your art work in Africa - mail@graffitisouthafrica.com

AFRICA \\ Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art in Frankfurt

From Here To Fame present another event as part of their Arabic Graffiti project. The event takes place in Frankfurt, Germany as part of a festival of Egyptian culture.

From April 10th, street artists from Egypt, Tunisia and Germany including Aya Tarek, Ammar, El Seed, Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case (Ma’Claim), Abo Bakr and Ganzeer will create a street art gallery. There will also be ten massive ankh sculptures (the Egyptian key of life) created by Egyptian artists, as well as other related events.

El Seed (Tunisia):

Ganzeer (Cairo, Egypt):

Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor, Egypt):

Aya Tarek (Alexandria, Egypt):

Ankh project:

Thursday 12th of April

  • Solitaire: theater performance by Dalia Basiouny, director and actress from Cairo
    8:00 pm
    Followed by panel discussions with Dalia Basiouny and the street artists and the cultural activists Caram Kapp & Don Karl, moderated by Dr. Kersten Knipp.
    Gallus Theater, Kleyerstraße 15, 60326 Frankfurt

Friday 13th of April

  • Opening of the Street Art Gallery
    First Friday Egyptian Street Art & Arabic Graffiti
    7:00 pm - Midnight

  • Arabic Graffiti - El Seed & Don Karl present the book and project
    8:00 pm - Exhibition Foyer

  • Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution - Ganzeer & Don Karl
    9:00 pm - Exhibition Foyer
    Tutankhamun exhibition hall, Mainzer Landstraße, Güterplatz, 60327 Frankfurt am Main


More about the book:

Since the start of the Arab uprisings the Middle East has seen an unparalleled explosion of graffiti. Many slogans which were later sung by the people on the streets first appeared on walls from Tunisia to Bahrain. Egypt has played a remarkable role in this phenomenon. Even when the army tanks rolled onto Tahrir Square in Cairo, they were immediately adorned with graffiti. Along with people from all walks of life, artists, calligraphers and designers took over the public space. In no time a vital and now globally acclaimed street art scene emerged.”

Arabic Graffiti is an intercultural project by From Here To Fame that involves artists, activists and academics from various Middle Eastern countries and their diasporas. Started as an art and book project, the recent events in the region have led to an active involvement of many participants in the transforming changes of the region. Events and exhibitions are currently being developed in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, France and Germany.”

The project Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art is part of the Festival of Egyptian Culture* the program for the exhibition Tutankhamun - His tomb and treasures in Frankfurt.”

via From Here To Fame

AFRICA \\ Street Art and Revolution in Cairo 2011

It has been a whole year since the January 25 uprising in Egypt last year…

Below are some images of street art in Cairo throughout this revolution, which is still happening.

Photos courtesy of:

>> www.suzeeinthecity.wordpress.com/

Also, check out a virtual tour of some Cairo street art:

>> www.cairostreetart.com

AFRICA \\ We Are All Khaled Said - Graffiti and the Egyptian Revolution

We are all Khaled Said – Berlin Wall from Traverse Streetcultures on Vimeo.

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.

Photos and video by Joel Sames (courtesy of From Here to Fame).

AFRICA \\ Upcoming Graffiti Events in Egypt

From Here To Fame Publishing present two upcoming events in Egypt to promote their recently published book, Arabic Graffiti.


20 October – Alexandria, Egypt

  • Arabic Graffiti – book and project presentation by the Don STONE Karl
  • Street Art & the Revolution – lecture by Mohamed Gaber
    >> @ Goethe Institute Alexandria

22 October – Cairo, Egypt

  • Arabic Graffiti – book and project presentation by the Don STONE Karl
  • Street Art & the Revolution – lecture by Mohamed Gaber
    >> @ The Townhouse Gallery

For further information please contact:

From Here To Fame Publishing
Inga Dehl | Sales & Marketing
Tel: 0049-(0)30-21021 86-70 | Fax: 0049-(0)30-21021 86-77
Marienburgerstr. 16 A | 10405 Berlin / Germany
email: inga@fhtf.de
www.fromheretofame.com

Be sure to check out their publication of South African artist Faith47.

AFRICA \\ Armsrock in Cairo, Egypt

Danish artist Asbjørn Skou a.k.a Armsrock visited Egypt in June 2010 and participated in the “Streets of Cairo” event. He made temporary light installations from projected needle-etched slides. He also did the paste-up below…



This charcoal paste-up was then painted over with white paint by the Cairo Police.

http://www.armsrock.blogspot.com/

AFRICA \\ Cairo Trains II

More train graffiti in Egypt:

Thanks to Disco Rick.

AFRICA \\ Cairo Trains

Train bombing in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo part from Papas Vol. 2 video:

Huslaz whole car: