Tuesday, March 29, 2011
We did a wall in the main coloured neighborhood around K.W. T called Breidbach or “Breities” in trying to reach out and draw connections with other communities that could join the campaign. We received a call soon afterwards from a local preacher who complained the wall promoted “Satanism”. He was really struck for words however when we asked why members of his congregation that walked past with their children applauded, along with a local artist/sign writer who is a senior member in the community. This type of stuff happens ALL the time. Fortunately Breidbach soon showed their support and are part of our Launch on the 21March.
This was one of the most exciting activities for me during the project.I came in during the day to speak to the head teacher/caretaker in the Crèche; we discussed possible approaches for artwork and what her ideas were on what she considers encouraging artworks for toddlers. Mak1one was now very close to the end of his stay and we started working at night using the light and generator again. So we decided we would make an interesting addition to our DVD footage by filming us painting the crèche by night in typical graffiti style. We still had groups of locals joining in, sometimes asking us why we chose to work at night, which meant we had to explain the stigma we are trying to break by doing something the kids would enjoy. By 3am Mak1one had finished a piece and a few characters on the front wall of the crèche with the name legible for all to see, I painted the side storage area in bold colours using a paint-stick and rollers also used when bombing. We then came in to take footage of the surrounds during the next morning to see the surprises on the faces of the little ones. Classic stuff. Righteous Graffiti Bombing!
We have built a really close unit between the core team, having spent over a month working on the main spaces. Whenever we would be painting the bus shelters and further buildings where we would meet other groups of the community, there would be so much commotion that we sometimes had to just wait for it to subside. We have also been capturing video footage for a DVD showcasing the project, featuring local artists. Dlala Indima has really spread like wildfire and the discourse that it has created has been very uplifting. I must say, in my teens growing up in Phakamisa I never imagined such an interest in the creative arts, recycled crafts and most recently performance art genres. The nature of how people have gotten involved has also sparked challenging debates about self-sustainability and new ideas for local entrepreneurs.
Painting the Old Fikelephi SuperMarket next door to the Old Butchery has been a great experience. The building is situated right next to a taxi stop so there is a mix of people walking past and enquiring. This building has also been great to paint because it was always regarded as the graffiti wall in the hood, so seeing this “renovation/continuation” was a good point of departure in responding to questions. I decided to have the first example of real letter-style graffiti on this building. I remember the issue of a “reversal of roles” in the workshop, where I received feedback that it would be best not to change our stance in enlightening Phakamisa about real graffiti art in the way we approach our style.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
It was a success for the community and there is much talk and desires for it to be repeated again next year. We have all learnt a huge amount during the process.
The Domino Toppling started first thing in the morning - it took all day.
Doons tacking white paper strips onto palettes to give the idea of 'dominos', black and white. As this happening turned out in the end, this was not necessary.
The Sportsforum who had initially given us such a hard time, were fantastic in their support and organisation. They took over the running of the actual playing of dominos.