Graffiti and Herman Mashaba’s bid to erase public art histories

Mail & Guardian | Kwanele Sosibo:

In his piece The Public Art Hustle, curator Khwezi Gule argues that, in the same way backpackers are at the vanguard of bourgeois tourism, public art interventions have become the vanguard of gentrification. It is ironic that modern-day graffiti, with its history in the reclamation of public space by marginalised urban communities, has in a similar manner to other aspects of underground culture come to symbolise, in the words of Gule, “hipster cool, contemporary sensibility” and, of course, gentrification. “Maboneng encourages graffiti,” Gule says… Read more

Image: Graffiti, an “underground art form”, is one many individuals who belong to “marginalised urban communities” take pride in. (Photo: Oupa Nkosi, M&G)