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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.

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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EVENT \\ Festigraff, Senegal Graffiti Festival 2014

We’ll be covering the 5th annual Festigraff graffiti festival that takes place in Dakar, Senegal. This year, South African artists Kasi and Falko have been invited to participate and will be sharing some photographs with us during the event. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting festival, big ups to the North African graffiti movement!

Follow the posts in our ‘Rest of Africa’ section here.

>> MORE INFO

AFRICA \\ Festigraff 5 - Graffiti Art Festival in Senegal, 2014

Festigraff is a festival of artistic experimentation - an exhibition of paintings, graffiti and pictures, as well as workshops and lectures. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of African graffiti, and bring them through exchanges with artists from around the world, a reflection on media and alternatives, techniques specific to an “African School” graffiti.

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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 \\ Amoniak graffiti in Senegal

Amoniak – “a name, a passion or just a pun in the Wolof language” – formed in 2011 and is currently the largest collective of graffiti artists in Senegal. Young artists from different cities (including Dakar, Pikine, Yeumbeul Thiaroye and Rufisque) get together, united by the same passion – their love for art and graffiti.

The group comprises of some of the best local graffiti artists and they have been involved in the big hip hop festivals in Senegal. Although the anchor for the group is in Dakar, this does not prevent members from initiating projects around the country. Education and social awareness, including the fight against malaria, AIDS, and poverty, are all things that Amoniak enjoys being involved with. Several villages in various regions have benefited by works painted on the walls of elementary schools.

“We are committed to open to the world, to bring our art to the underprivileged, painting a better world and to restore the aesthetic of colour to our lives.”

In 2013, they started a festival, or more specifically, a Kaffrine – KAFFGRAFF. The festival consists of studio painting, drawings and writing in schools, and murals made with live participants and local people.

The group believes painting live in front of people is important because it presents the art to them as an experience, instead of in the form of mundane lectures. With the help of NGO’s, the shared experiences with street children has made the group aware that through art, a child can feel comfortable in his skin and explore his free spirit. “Children need to touch to capture images, and through the exchange, it was found that they can freely express themselves through colours, lines and forms.”

Passionate and committed, the Amoniak group gain ground and spread their positive messages. With hopes of safer streets, their work decorates disadvantaged neighborhoods with multi-coloured art works, challenging and educating people too.

Email: Numero310@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/graff.amoniak
FB page: http://www.facebook.com/amoniak.nh3

AFRICA \\ More Muro in Senegal (2011)

These 2011 works are a lot more ‘street-arty’…

AFRICA \\ Run: Graffiti in Senegal & The Gambia

Run, an Italian artist based in London, recently traveled through West Africa painting in The Gambia via Wide Open Walls and in Dakar, Senegal via the Yattal Art Association.

We asked him about his experience…

The experience was amazing, I met loads of incredible people and they helped me with finding walls and speaking the local dialect.”

I’m looking forward to go back and explore more, there are so many other parts of Africa that I would like to visit.”

…there is not much of what we call ‘street art’…”

It’s a reward for me and for my work to be there, it has been one of the biggest and deepest experiences of my life.”

>> His website & blog.

AFRICA \\ C215 in Africa

With his bright, colourful and highly detailed stencils, Christian Guémy a.k.a C215, is probably one of the worlds best stencil artists. A graffiti artist for over 20 years, he put up his first stencil in 2006 and has since painted in cities all across Europe as well as in India and South America. His work mainly focuses on portraiture and has been featured inside many galleries across the globe.

Hailing from France, C215 has crossed the Mediterranean on more than one occasion, painting in the streets of African countries Morocco and Senegal. One thing he is known for is not going out to paint, but taking his paint with him - everywhere he goes!

Images via Unurth.com


Check out all the artworks by C125 in Africa, by city:

in SENEGAL:

>> Dakar

in MOROCCO:

>> Casablanca

>> Essaouira

>> Fès

>> Marrakech

AFRICA \\ Collectif SUPERPOSE

Collectif SUPERPOSE is the new name of the collective responsible for Project DK “R”, a wheat-paste project in Dakar, Senegal.

Since the first phase of the project was a success, the collective created new works around the city in December 2011. We hope to see the project growing in the years to come as well as seeing new street artists emerging from the streets of Dakar.

>> http://www.superpose.fr/

AFRICA \\ Project DK “R” in Senegal II

As mentioned in a post earlier this year, the second phase of the DK “R” project will take place in November and December 2011. This time round the artists Jérôme Désert (Belgium) and Jerome Maillet aka Jeronimo (France) will collaborate with two Senegalese artists; Mamadou Diallo Sadio (SAADIO) and Barkinado BOCOUM.

Here are more videos from the first phase of the project which took place in April and May 2011:

All pics courtesy of Jéronimo

AFRICA \\ Project DK “R” in Senegal

The DK “R” project is a street art project in Dakar, Senegal. The two artists behind the project are Jérôme Désert (Belgium) and Jerome Maillet aka Jeronimo (France).

Jeronimo lived in Dakar between 2007 and 2009 and Jerome made a trip to Senegal in 2010. Both artists had a common desire to talk about identity, movement, energy and the people of Dakar directly on the walls.

The city became their canvas as they left the gallery space and plastered many walls with large format images of the people. The first stage of the project took place in April and May 2011.

The second phase of the DK “R” project takes place in November and December 2011 in collaboration with two Senegalese artists; Mamadou Diallo Sadio (SAADIO) and Barkinado BOCOUM. They will help Jerome and Jeronimo because they are very familiar with the city. This time they will split into two pairs to cover more ground.

During this second phase, from November 20 to December 15, an interaction with the public and the owners of the walls will be identified. The artists will interview the locals and gather oral evidence of the history and current events of the walls on which interventions take place. These stories will then be transcribed (in fragments) and inserted into the monumental compositions using typography cut on site. The participation of the people will form an integral part in the project, manifesting greater relevance and enabling local residents to have their say.

All the artists will make drawings in their respective workshops, thus keeping their own point of view. All compositions and associations of the pasted drawings will be improvised on the walls, leaving a possibility of interaction with the places and people. The walls covered will be between 5 and 7 meters high, each collage becoming its very own urban event.

All pics courtesy of Jéronimo

AFRICA \\ Iker & Muro in Senegal

Ductos Graff (Iker & Muro) in Dakar

AFRICA \\ Senegal Graffiti 02

Diabetes awareness with graffiti, Dakar 2009

AFRICA \\ Purp in Senegal

Alessandro Cocchia (Purp) in Dakar

AFRICA \\ Senegal Graffiti 01

Graffiti in Dakar