PASTE. a street art exhibition curated by SJ Artists and 10and5 has been going up all over Cape Town over the last few weeks. Shani Judes (of SJ Artists) and a few helpers have been pasting their hearts out and spreading amazing artwork by 15 local artists all over Khayelitsha and Cape Town’s inner city. Shani has been keeping a diary of the goings on:
Team: Photographer Jonx Pillemer, Videographer Richard Aaron, PASTErs Juma Mkwela and Yuma Yoshimura and Shani Judes project curator, and PASTEr.
Day 1 of PASTE started in Khayelitsha pasting 2 artworks with the immediate team (above) and then Claire Homewood, Swain Hoogervorst & Paul Ward joined us for a 2 hour paste session. While Claire was creating beautiful trees out of photographs from a previous trip to Khayelitsha, Swain and Paul were doing an art class with some kids from the nearby crèche. The kids were about 4 years old and Paul definitely fell in love. They were really hip little ones wearing skinny jeans, rad sneakers and little beanies. They drew portraits of themselves, based on the project FACELESS which were added to the trees. There were about 6 trees created that day and it was great to watch the older kids get involved and enjoy them.
Next up Fuzzy Slippers, ELLO and black koki joined us; they did theirs with some colour and wanted to PASTE. themselves. Fuzzy, a master at pasting had his up in no time, while Ello and black koki did a larger piece with two eyes and a mouth.
In very broken English Yuma Yoshimura from Tokyo asked if we could PASTE his one next. We headed over to this beautiful shack, which taught us what the best surface and texture for pasting on is. With the help of Jonx’s critical eye we realised the perfect way of pasting and created the right texture of the image by cutting certain parts of the image. The owner of this home was the community leader. Wherever we went everyone was so welcoming and open to having us put up art work. Some asked us why and I would say, “We want to bring art to the people who can’t access it easily. We want to take it out of the white wall gallery and allow people from the wider community to view it.” We want people to feel proud of their homes, community halls, toilets etc – if a piece of artwork is up then one feels pride.
Team: Photographer Jonx Pillemer, Videographer Richard Aaron, PASTErs Bam, Kriek and Short Shani.
After learning some lessons from Friday’s PASTE session, Monday went far more smoothly. Headed straight to Mew Way, and stayed there pasting for the morning. We found beautiful spots and Bam and Kriek had natural pasting talents. By 1pm we had completed the Khayelitsha PASTES. Jonx Pillemer pasted a landscape of the City in Khayelitsha and we will be pasting a landscape of the township in Cape Town city centre.
We headed into the city which was another ball game all together, unfriendly people, unwilling people, dodgy people. It was a bit tricky to get started, but eventually we got it going. It made me miss the Khayelitsha vibe, friendly people, music, and what I found most interesting was that I felt safer in Khayelitsha than in the city. But it was important to put artwork up in the inner city as that was the exchange of the project. I want the people who work in the city to see artwork up there and then go home and see it there too. I spoke to one boy who saw us pasting in the city and was heading home to Khayelitsha, it would be so amazing if he did walk past one of the spots we pasted. This just shows how this project can grow and we urge you to get on board and start helping to fund more to go up in Khayelitsha and other townships around South Africa. If you are interested please contact Shani.
You’re invited to join in for the last PASTE day on Thursday the 22nd from 11 am. We’ll be at No 14 Searle Street in Woodstock. Come and get involved, take some pics or just see how it’s done!
Claire Homewood will be creating trees with the method of collage. And Swain and Paul will be doing their FACELESS project.
There’ll also be some Red Bull to enjoy.
Hope to see you there!