The Time Ixnau – Street Art In Capetown, South Africa
“Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop.” Hunter S. Thompson
Woodstock is a creative changing area of Capetown.
After enjoying lunch and shopping at the Old Biscuit Mill, (a Saturday market of food, crafts and neighborhood goods) I took a street art tour with Juma Mkwela a local street artist and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juma was born in Malawi and lived in Zimbabwe. He is now an established Capetown street artist and craftsman who leads walking tours of the murals in Woodstock.
Woodstock is a canvas for some interesting street art.
The area where the artists paint is a little poorer and rougher but there is gentrification going on all around.
Juma is friends with everyone so there are no safety worries when you are with him.
International street artists such as Masai (UK), AEC Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), Pure Evil (UK), Remed (Spain), Gaia (USA), JAZ (Argentina), Know Hope (Israel), Makatron (Australia) have painted here. (interesni Kazki – Ukraine)
There are also murals by Cape Town based artists including Faith47 (ZA), DALeast (China), Urbanski (Germany), Freddy Sam (ZA), Nard Star (ZA) and Indi Go (Canada) and Kasi. (Kasi, Nard Star)
The artists showcase issues such as the rich poor divide, climate change, the poaching of endangered wildlife and exploitation of the natural resources (such as diamonds).
They need permission from the residents to paint on the walls.
Street Art has a historical meaning in South Africa because during Apartheid it was one of the ways people had to express their anger.
It was a visual act of defiance and rebellion.
Socially conscious artists from South Africa and beyond have joined forces to help spruce up, and add color to the poorer parts of this neighborhood.
The philosophy behind the murals is motivated by the belief that art can aid in the social and economic regeneration of dilapidated, gang blighted urban areas.