Street art doesn’t require a museum or gallery. This medium of art is a way to breathe life into old neighbourhoods or to re-contextualize, re-energize and re-imagine a building. It’s one of the most unique and powerful means of artistic expression in our modern society. Graffiti, colourful murals and street tags are a common part of most urban landscapes. And although many believe that street artists operate on the fringe of society, these artists are giving something back to society by communicating with everyday people about socially relevant topics.
Street art is developed in public spaces that includes traditional graffiti artwork, sticker art, stencil graffiti, poster art, guerrilla art and street installations.
The urban street art scene is thriving in Africa, especially in South Africa where it’s growing in momentum. With exciting and innovative work in a genre viewed as provocative and empowering, it’s responsible for vivid murals and artwork all around its metropolis and its suburbs.
Braamfontein and Maboneng are famous for their public artworks and activism in the downtown areas and is also renowned for its graffiti created by artists from diverse backgrounds and different social and political visions. The Cape Town International Public Art Festival has been developed to showcase the variety of talent on offer and held its fourth festival in February 2020.