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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.

Westdene Graffiti Project

The Westdene Graffiti Project is a community mural initiative within the suburb of Westdene, Johannesburg. Spawning from Clint Hill’s idea to art up the suburb, various residents have donated their walls to bidding graffiti artists through the I Love Westdene Facebook group, and with the help of infamous Jozi graffiti photographer, Derek Smith, who lives in the area…

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VIDEO \\ The Endemic Project

Immerse yourself in Cape Town film-maker, Bryan Little’s magical foray into what he calls ‘future film’…

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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

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NEWS \\ Resistance Project by Ralph Ziman - World’s Largest Wheatpaste

The world’s largest wheatpaste has been recorded in South Africa this week. The public art installation, which features the image of a broken AK-47 rifle wrapped in world currencies, was completed by Ralph Ziman and his team. The work is situated on The Grand Parade in Cape Town, and is over 100 meters in size.

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WIN tickets to meet OBEY (Shepard Fairey in South Africa)

As mentioned last week, Hennessy will be bringing the infamous street artist Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY Giant) to Johannesburg this Saturday, 20 September.

Here’s your chance to win tickets to the bottle signing during the day or the launch event in the evening…

What’s up for grabs:

  • 2 x double tickets to the launch (Night @ Arts on Main, Maboneng)
  • 1 x ticket to the bottle signing (Day @ Anti. Est, Braamfontein)

Get your hands on the prize:

Name one of the values that Hennessy and Shepard Fairey share?

Terms & Conditions (GSA):

  • You MUST share our promotional post on Facebook.
  • Entrants must be able to attend the events this Saturday.
  • Entrants must be older than 18 years of age.
  • The prize is not exchangeable for cash or anything else.
  • Only the tickets are up for grabs, no Hennessy products.
  • Winners will be picked randomly.
  • More T’s & C’s on the Hennessy website.

Competition closes on Thurday 18 September.
Winners will be announced on Friday…

GOOD LUCK!

#ANOTHERLIGHTUP Project with Faith47

As shared on our Facebook page, Faith47 has recently completed a new large-scale mural in Cape Town in collaboration with Design Indaba and Thingking. The mural, entitled ‘Harvest’, is painted near one of Cape Town’s busiest highways and aims to combine street art and social awareness. This project, #ANOTHERLIGHTUP, is a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds and install much needed street lights in the Monwabisi Park informal settlement in Khayelitsha. Every time a donation is made, the mural lights up for an evening.

#ANOTHERLIGHTUP from Design Indaba on Vimeo.

Photos by @Makhulu (Rown Pybus)

Visit the official website for more info on this great initiative:

>> http://www.anotherlightup.com/

PICS \\ Ekon Tribute Jam, Cape Town

Last Sunday, at upper Searle Street Park, a tribute jam was held in memory of Cape Town writer Ekon. Many showed up and writers painted pieces to pay their respects.

Photos by Klaus Warschkow

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

Pieces by:
Boss, Ight, Laser, (Unknown), Boeta, Cade, Motel7, Smet, Spot, Nard, Mace, Conform, Cale, Wealz130 & Tag4 & Mad2, Dino & Senor, Boda, Ish, Pastelheart, Rack Star, DrOne, Shade, Khosa, Cros, Kem, Fers, Lamb, Acre, Lie & Odd1, Logikill Paradox, Dfeat once, Love, Rekt, Krem, Sure, Toe, Ekse, Losr, Nest, Ariel23 & Prefix66, Caso & Migo, Stok, Rusk, Blak, Sykoner.

+ More Ekons tribute pieces painted in the park prior to the jam:
Boss, Shade, Disk, Jmal, Pase, Sure, Falko, Khosa, Idiots Crew.

Mak1one:

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Other writers in Durban and Johannesburg also attributed to the memory of this great artist.

NEWS \\ The Spear: Talk of the Town

New PCP piece after the saga: (Photo: Derek Smith)

Above in Johannesburg

Above, a street artist who travels the world, recently painted a large sociopolitical mural in Johannesburg’s diamond district - a base for around 300 diamond traders. Known for his large-scale wordplay pieces, and his trademark ‘arrows’ (of course), he approached the owners of the wall with the intent to paint “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” in big letters. The owners of the wall swiftly agreed and left him alone to paint.

Above then added “and a man’s worst enemy” as a surprise for Jewel City, one of the biggest diamond exporters in the world with over R7-Billion worth of diamonds being exported every year. This daring move has been seen as “unfair” by the property owners but the main intention was to create awareness of blood diamonds in Africa, where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.

Read more about this HERE and HERE.
Also, check out what Above painted in Cape Town HERE.

Before I Die: A Street Art Project (South Africa)

Before I Die is an interactive street art project that has been done in other parts of the world and is now in South Africa. The project is a study of peoples aspirations and was originally done by Candy Chang as the basis for her graduate thesis. The words “Before I die I want to _” are stenciled onto the wall and chalk is left at the site for passer-by’s to write with.

Graffiti art by Rasty and Clark.

The project will be up until April 21st as part of the City of Gold Urban Art Festival and is located at the corner of Kruger Street and Fox Street in the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg. Follow the project on Facebook 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.

JR’s Inside Out Project in Cape Town

Inside Out is a project conceived by 2011 TED winner JR. The project just hit the streets of Cape Town…

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

>> More info on the Cape Town activation HERE