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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.
I was totally stoked on the energy inherent in all of the work, on the walls and the canvasses and the found objects, it just seemed to be screaming at me in some kind of insane visual hysterical laughter and I couldn’t help but screech back. The mixing of mediums, the fresh styles and the complete and utter embrace of grungy now pop clashing culture, carried off in fine Durban laid back it-is-what-it-is style had me totally buzzing.
This is an exhibition of art that exists outside of any exhibition space. Without the galleries or the exhibitions, this art will still find its way to you. This art actively seeks you out, in its fashion and its design and its music and the way it constantly occupies physical public spaces, this is a culture of art comin’ at you.
This art is a gift, from a generation of artists who want to play their part for us all, who want to communicate for us all, who actively seek to define clearly the many messages of our collective culture, who are not satisfied only in the journey from studio to gallery space to collectors wall, but are focussed on playing a real part in influencing and supporting and promoting every aspect of our day to day missions.
In this way, we are the art, and they are the artists, and in typical wonderful flip the script mash-up anything goes style, the opposite also applies. This exhibition pays tribute to our collective fashions, our collective music, our collective and diverse ideologies and all of the in-between idiosyncrasies that allow us all to keep the fire burning, to keep our cool, and to keep conscious.”
Street Scene Tours in association with the COLLECTIVE and Gangs of Graffiti brings you
THE CRIME SEEN TOUR
a once-off GRAFFITI ART BUS
that trips you through the hidden “Street Galleries”
of the city
From historical ganglands to up-market suburbs, spotting the stains on City structures that have re-ignited the age-old debate “Is it Art or is it Vandalism?”. Join professional Aerosol Artist and Spoken Word poet Iain EWOK Robinson while he guides you through the history of the Durban Graffiti Art scene. Witness walls being painted, meet the artists behind the masks, capture footage of these unique hidden spaces that give a city its underground energy. This tour takes you from the tiniest tags through to the double-story Murals that decorate your daily drive.
Starting and ending at THE COLLECTIVE Gallery, Durban’s freshest Art space that is currently hosting the “Follow Your Art” Street Art inspired exhibition, Street Scene will transport you in comfort and style as you roll from “crime scene” to “crime scene”, diving into the unseen realm of urban art expression.
For all true Arts adventurers, this unique once-off experience, complete with refreshments and expert assistance, is available for a clean R200 a head.
The tour begins mid-morning on Saturday the 10th of September and finishes with a complimentary drink at THE COLLECTIVE in the mid-afternoon.
Tickets are limited and can be booked in advance through STREET SCENE TOURS.
Interested journalists and media outlets can contact STREET SCENE TOURS for more information.
Street Scene Tours
Gangs of Graffiti
A piece in mind brings peace of mind
So watch me take a piece of my mind and transform it into a piece on a wall
the mind behind the piece is so intense that the wall falls
Behind the wall lies all the crushed fantasies of a fake world
See me step through the destruction into
the fields of growth under the skies of purity and plenty into
the reality of true humanity
standing free examining these surroundings an sounding out
The horns of my Soul Army coz
the fake world had me building defenses against those who
wanna harm me and
my sound is so strong that I hafta step back trip back an
back through the gap in the wall back
onto the concrete streets of the fake world of fences and razor wire that
lock us in an lock us out an lock us down as
we struggle to reach higher Read the rest of this entry
In response to todays (Monday 15th 2011) article in The Mercury under the title “GANG CAUGHT RED HANDED”:
A front page title such as GANG CAUGHT RED HANDED smacks of sensationalist and irresponsible journalism upon clearer analysis of the details of the event being described.
For any writer worth their pen, there can be no denying the obvious negative connotations associated with the use of a word like GANG in describing a group of urban youth, especially in a country and a city where violent gangsterism is still a serious issue affecting our communities. To label as a GANG a small group of young creative artists, engaging in what was quite obviously an unsuspecting and harmless act of craft and expression, is once again both short-sighted and potentially damaging for those involved, and can in no way be justified other than as an attempt at catching the attention of potential consumers of a product, in this case a newspaper. Read the rest of this entry