Record of SA graf­fiti is a vis­ual feast

The Witness - - BOOKS & ENTERTAINMENT - • For more about the book and the launch, go to www.cale­wad­da­cor.com or www.graf­fi­ti­southafrica.com/book • [email protected]­ness.co.za

GRAF­FITI South Africa writ­ten by Cale Wad­da­cor, is the first book to show­case South Africa’s graf­fiti and street art on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

The book, which is pub­lished by Amer­ica’s Schif­fer Pub­lish­ing Ltd, pro­vides a com­plete doc­u­men­tary record of the his­tory of SA graf­fiti.

There are also high­qual­ity pic­tures of art on walls, trains and other lo­ca­tions in the ma­jor cities of our coun­try, along with in­ter­views with top South African graf­fiti artists such as Rasty, Falko, Mak1one, Faith47, Mars, Dreadr, Myza420 and Op­tOne.

“The artists share their pas­sion and in­spi­ra­tion and cover all as­pects of the move­ment, cre­at­ing a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of its evo­lu­tion,” says Wad­da­cor.

“Ini­tially un­known for its graf­fiti scene, SA has now be­come a prime des­ti­na­tion for many renowned in­ter­na­tional graf­fiti writ­ers.

“From un­der­ground tun­nels and aban­doned build­ings to train yards and town­ships, lo­cal writ­ers, each with their own dis­tinct style, spread their work across the na­tion. Now, for the first time ever, the global spot­light can fall on th­ese tal­ented artists.”

The re­sult, thanks to Wad­da­cor, is a vis­ual feast, which will en­ter­tain and in­spire graf­fiti en­thu­si­asts and art fanat­ ics around the world.

A keen pho­tog­ra­pher, doc­u­men­tar­ian, and mu­si­cian, Wad­da­cor was born in Jo­han­nes­burg. Photography be­gan as a hobby when he first en­coun­tered the ex­tra­or­di­nary facets of life in his home city. His jour­ney into the realms of graf­fiti be­gan more than a decade ago, when he dis­cov­ered this un­der­ground world and re­alised there was very lit­tle doc­u­mented about the bur­geon­ing graf­fiti scene. It prompted him to begin pho­tograph­ing and col­lat­ing a vast li­brary of graf­fiti images.

Wad­da­cor then launched the Graf­fi­ti­SouthAfrica.com web­site in 2011 to cre­ate global aware­ness of the coun­try’s ex­cit­ing but rel­a­tively un­known graf­fiti arena. This book is a tes­ta­ment to his love of the genre and his pas­sion to pre­serve for pos­ter­ity the many fas­ci­nat­ing works made in South Africa.

NEED TO KNOW

Graf­fitti South Africa is be­ing launched in Dur­ban from 11 am to 11 pm on Satur­day at Open Plan Stu­dio, which is on the fourth floor of the De­sign Fac­tory at 39 Sta­tion Road,

Dur­ban. The launch co­in­cides with the Track­sides Ur­ban Art event, which in­cludes sketch bat­tles, a cus­tomi­sa­tion com­pe­ti­tion, a live graf­fiti time lapse, group ex­hi­bi­tions

and lots more.

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