Street Art News


Written by Marlon Dolcy
26 Tuesday 26th October 2010


In Street Art News this week we will be travelling to Cape Town where Faith 47 has made a political statement on a very large scale. Choque Culture is in East London exhibiting the finest in Brazilian Street Art, and Twister has been busy tagging the streets of New York City.
Faith 47’s latest work in South Africa’s Cape Town is a large scale mural of a tall woman watching over the city. In a way it is a tribute to those pushed to the fringes, sometimes in their own backyard. It’s something that I can relate to, having observed the changes happening in my neighborhood as a result of 2012 but that’s another story.
The work was inspired by a photograph taken by Alexia Webster which showed photographs of protesters including men, women, children and the elderly. These people are referred to as the “backyarders” of society; families who have no access to housing, so claim space in the back of people’s yards. These families have responded by claiming an empty piece of land to protest and vent their grievances at the South African state.
Street art is at its best when it is political and this works really well. Faith 47, is one of the artists that never fails to impress and should be the first name mentioned when discussing street art. She specializes in taken an old wall and giving it a new life to help raise awareness for serious social issues which are current. Some of her work was exhibited at the Moniker Arts Fair by Campbarbossa gallery. The canvas of a nude lady missing a hand and illuminating a divine light was brilliant. The location of Faith’s piece is significant in that it resonated with where the protestors gather before they march to parliament to vent their grievances. It seems as if the woman is watching over the people. A fantastic idea and well constructed
n London till October 30, Culture Shock is showing at the Pure Evil Gallery. Put together by Choque Culture, it is showcasing artists of contemporary Brazilian Street Art movement. João Paulo aka Nove is the standout artist of the exhibition showcasing some streamlined bright coloured canvases. Presto’s weird looking characters are also a highlight. To have some of Presto’s work grace London albeit only in a gallery, was a welcome achievement. It is recommended that you catch the show before it finishes as there is some great artwork on display here. The only problem is that it would have been better if the works were larger.

Meanwhile in New York, the San Francisco born Barry McGhee (or as he is commonly known as Twist), has been tagging all over the city. Although this is a departure from his usual installations and imagery it is great that he’s gone old school with these stickers. Let’s hope he reps London and the UK soon.


Catch us next week, for more of the latest Street Art News.

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