The art of street ads

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Street art has fi­nally reached a place where it is con­sid­ered to be more art than van­dal­ism. South Africa’s lead­ing street artists, like Faith47, are show­ing in gal­leries around the world. A grow­ing army of graf­fiti artists are tag­ging up blocks and our mu­ral­ists are cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful walls that peo­ple pay to see on tours of street art, which have taken off this year.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jes­sica Hunkin doc­u­ments street-art ad­verts that are painted on the walls of busi­nesses: spaza shops, street bar­bers, butch­ers, me­chan­ics, chicken joints, in­ter­net cafés and restau­rants. Func­tional art at its best, it’s in­for­ma­tive, af­ford­able sig­nage and a de­light to look at.

African art is tra­di­tion­ally use­ful and dis­played on the street, not con­fined to an elite gallery. So we’re cel­e­brat­ing Hunkin’s project by show­ing you some of her finest finds.

– Phum­lani Sithebe Langa

Th­ese pho­tos were first pub­lished by Between 10and5 (, ‘a cu­rated on­line show­case of the best that the SA cre­ative in­dus­try has to of­fer’



An ad for a hair sa­lon graf­fi­tied by a passer-by

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