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Documentary captures vibrant energetic Jozi street art

Written by: Rhodé Marshall

For the most part, there are few reasons not to love the city of Johannesburg. It has an electric vigour, that conceivably, adds a lot to that love-hate relationship many struggle with.

The prevalent storyteller of this sketchy and complex relationship is its very streets. This is done through lively, colourful characters and lettering that has been plaited into the city streets by well-known and emerging street artists. This delivers a coated and living alternative documentation and form of expression of the people who live here. Street art to many is the beginning of creating, engaging and opening up of the doors to the art world. Removing its elitist undertones.

Respected sub-culture writer and filmmaker King ADZ was asked by a well-known food brand to visit Joburg and make a documentary that looks at the rise of street art through a collaboration with young talented street artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane.

The documentary is in dialogue with artists and cultural commentators, looking at how the growth of these artworks is tied together with the evolution of the city and how the worth of this art form is demonstrated through revealing how it is shaping the lives of a new artistic generation.

Street art through its very actuality breaks down ideas of what art should look like, who can view it and how it should be exhibited. Making the streets the gallery and those roaming it its viewers, followers, and detractors. Through this discussions paint a picture of how street art mergers with protest, art, celebration, and freedom of expression.



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