Painting for Palestine: Johannesburg

Continuing activity for International Israeli Apartheid Week a wall painted at Wits University, Johannesburg.

Painting for Palestine: Durban

8TH INTERNATIONAL ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK

5th-11th March 2012

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings and multimedia displays) held in cities and campuses across the globe. IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to mobilize support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

During IAW 2012, artists and activists around the world are staging events in protest of this continued crime against humanity, as well as raising awareness and consciousness about the oppression of the Palestinian people.

This is a focussed movement of peaceful protest action, directed not at Israelis, but specifically at the racist apartheid government of Israel.

In conjunction with IAW, Gangs of Graffiti called on similarly-minded street artists and graffiti writers to promote the Palestinian cause and raise awareness around the fight for human rights that ensues daily within Israel and the Occupied Territories, by creating work with FREE PALESTINE as the theme. 

Here’s what is happening on the Durban side…

Painting a Future: wall #1

LILLIPUT LEARNERS “learn to love and love to learn”

Pre-school situated on campus, UKZN, Durban South Africa

Artist name: IWOKE

Painting a Future

The project has begun…

Inspired by Durban’s legal aerosol squad PAINT THE FUTURE (PTF) is open to any and all 031 ‘aerosolistas.’ PAINTING A FUTURE is a Gangs of Graffiti and Step Up Gallery initiative with simple enough objectives: painting big beautiful walls for schools and shelters and other places of refuge, using our art to recognize the role these institutions play in our society and promoting their work by rewarding them with this unique type of recognition. We’re promoting a professional approach to producing murals and productions from participating artists, to develop our art as a professional pursuit, a career choice as well as a passion.

Wanna paint?

Step 1 – secure a wall: approach a school or a shelter in your area, or that you know of, which would appreciate some stylish paint work and get them to agree

Step 2 – produce a proper plan, including a sketch and some specs of the wall (get a few before shots, measure the space out, play with some ideas in your blackbook)

Step 3 – hit us up at Gangs of Graffiti with the plan and the details of the space and we will hook you up with some paint

Step 4 – rock it!

Step 5 – Send us photos of the finished work and we will blog it and publicize it, far and wide…

Paint for Palestine

Calling all writers and artists

Paint for Palestine

Israel Apartheid Week 5 – 11 March 2012

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, held in Cape Town last November (2011), found Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid and the persecution of the Palestinian people.

During IAW 2012, artists and activists around the world will be staging events in protest of this continued crime against humanity, as well as raising awareness and consciousness about the oppression of the Palestinian people.

This is a focussed movement of peaceful protest action, directed not at Israelis, but specifically at the racist apartheid government of Israel.

This call to action originates from within Israel and the Occupied Territories. The international community has been asked by both oppressed Palestinians and their Israeli supporters to observe a movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions until Israeli Apartheid is ended and the persecution stops.
(http://www.bdsmovement.net/)

PAINT FOR PALESTINE is a call to all street artists and Graffiti Writers to use this week, to promote the Palestinian cause and raise awareness around the fight for human rights that ensues daily within Israel and the Occupied Territories, by creating work with FREE PALESTINE as the theme. The colors of the banned Palestinian Flag are Red, Black, White and Green and have come to symbolize the right to self-determination that the Palestinian people are fighting for.

Painting a fresh piece or production and publicizing it through your social networks will be a push for peace felt far away in a country where a wall is much more then just a cool cats canvas, as well as making a mark on the street that gives a face to the faceless.

Hey, you were gonna paint anyway right? Make this piece count for more then just getting up again.

Freedom for Palestine is freedom for us all.


Support the Aerosol Seven – Letter from Melanie Van der Walt

Firstly I just need to validate your article – on why the Aerosol Seven should not be charged – as very well written! Secondly I would like to bring the point back to the more humanitarian side of this whole incident.

I have in honest truth never really been introduced to the culture of graffiti. Not that I don’t like it – it is art – and art is in the end in the eye of the beholder. But I do live for culture, such as skateboarding and surfing where “normality” and the every-Saturday-rugby-scene are not appealing at all. I used to skate, but being a mother and having a career, the body doesn’t seem to fit these days. My own fault of course.

I met one of those involved, spoke to him. And it has been a while since I befriended someone (as most publications in relation hereto would state as “youngster”), who has such good manners and personality… And being described as a vandal and branded as a criminal just doesn’t suit AT ALL! You know that he is after all (as most of the group or maybe even all) an honest working person as well.

But what really saddens me is the fact that I published some poetry and that he actually asked me about it – but never even mentioned the fact that he is so talented himself. If the actions were intended to “destroy and destruct” the city walls, don’t they honestly think these “illicit gang members” would go about bragging? But now their right to their talent is being denied. And silence must prevail … And the label he must carry is as a vandal and nihilist.

I work with REAL criminals quite often and the CHARGES the Metro wants to impose are highly misplaced and I will personally strive to get him the best legal help in my ability as possible, which proper defense all of them deserve!

 

- Meanie Van der Walt

Broadcasts Exhibition – KZNSA Gallery, Durban

04 October – 23 October 2011
Main Gallery, Multi-media room

Paul Senyol, Christian MugnaiDuane Smith, Pete Reynolds, Wesley van Eeden

(Images courtesy of Philip Botha.)

Link to the Facebook event here.

‘IWOKE’ UP in INDIA by Ewok

The short story of the IWOKE wall, Chapel Rd, Bandra (west) Mumbai, India courtesy of South African artists Ewok and JFlame and with the full-on support of THE WALL PROJECT:

My name is Ewok (not from MSK crew, from Durban, South Africa).  Out of respect for the solid work EWOK (MSK) has put into that name I choose to write IWOKE when I write style.  This is a new mission of mine, all about this year, the year “I woke…” in a lot of ways.  I am writing this piece from an internet cafe in the Himalayas, on a leg of myself and my wife’s epic 6 week journey through India.  We are expecting our first child in January 2012 so he is along for the trip as well.  Last weekend Sunday, on our way to the mountains, we totally stoked out when we hooked up a wall to paint as part of our trip.  This was the last thing I could have expected, this has been a big year for Durban Graffiti art  and this wall came as a kind of reward.  To be so welcome to paint, so far from home but fully connecting with a city and its people in this way, this is the gift that The Wall Project offers international artists on a mission to rock global spots.


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Paint the Future Party: Alliance Franscaise

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Success!  R1500 through the door equals approximately 30 cans of premium paint, plus onetwo outside donations and the generous sponsorship of 100 CANS from Durbans premier underground art store STEP UP GALLERY (Sandy Centre, Pinetown), all together creating a thick rack of color to be lovingly and finely processed and produced upon our awaiting cityscape!

With performances by SPITMUNKY and JET WENTWORTH, customization from FINK and CADE, shirt stencilling from PTF Crew, and a host of heads nodding and chilling and celebrating the postponement of the trial of the 031 Aerosol 7, this evening was a fresh approach to catalization through cans and capitilization on cannisters…much respect to all involved in pulling this off…Durban stays fresh once again!

SAPS Wall: The Alliance Franscaise

The Alliance Franscaise in Morningside, Durban.  Proud supporter of Gangs Of Graffiti, sporting a fresh facelift in the form of some aerosol artistry, completed on the day of the Paint The Future party and postponement of the trial of the 031 Aerosol 7…

 


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