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Art hits the streets of Cape Town

Wayne BKS goes by the aliases Conform and Skiet
Work by Mohamed “Mo” Hassan

In a taste of what is to come in February at Cape Town’s newest art festival, two artists will this Sunday put on a live “performance”, making a 7m wide work of art in downtown Cape Town.

Bringing art out of the hushed and hallowed spaces of galleries, Wayne BKS, who goes by the aliases Conform and Skiet, and Mohamed “Mo” Hassan, will work side by side making a piece of art on a large sheet of plastic stretched between two lamp-posts. They will be hoping that neither the wind and sun, nor the public glare, is too harsh. But the illustrators and artists are also what is commonly known as graffiti artists, so are probably used to being criticised and misunderstood.

That will soon change, however, if the team at Baz Art, the NPO that is launching South Africa’s first International Public Art Festival (IPAF) next month, have their way. The NPO seeks to bring street art into the mainstream and to use it to improve people’s lives.

Work by Mohamed “Mo” Hassan

In addition to IPAF, a festival dedicated to teaching, creating and showcasing street art, Baz Art is launching a variety of programmes, from art classes for children to beautifying neighbourhoods with large, well-maintained murals and helping entrepreneurs set up spin-off businesses such as food stalls, galleries or local tours.

Work by Wayne BKS, who goes by the aliases Conform and Skiet

The live graffiti painting will take place as part of Open Streets City Centre, which will see Bree and Longmarket streets closed to motorised traffic for the day on Sunday. The Open Streets event is the latest in a series of street closures across Cape Town, from Langa to Bellville and Observatory to Mitchells Plain, designed to encourage residents to reclaim the streets as places to connect and commune.

The International Public Art Festival will be held from February 10 to 20. More info

– African News Agency (ANA)

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