Monthly Archives: October 2011

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

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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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