Street art with potential political power often falters. The intent derailed by concepts that don't share the weight of the issues presented. However, much as JR has successfully employed marginalized faces in his large-scale photographic interventions, Faith47 finds inspiration in real people.
His "The Long Wait" series in Johannesburg has popped up a month before his official exhibition there at David Krut Gallery. He says of the murals, "there has been so much waiting in this country that much time has been lost." He draws from friend Alexia Webster's photographs (Waiting For Work) as starting reference, painting figures lost in a daily struggle. The simplicity of the project is its highlight, a stark reminder of South Africa's difficult political and social terrain.
[via Wooster Collective]