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Friday, March 29, 2013


(Jace with students at work at CFAD)

World renowned graffiti artist JACE brought his famous character, Gouzou, to Durban recently.

A fictional character that JACE created in 1989, Gouzo celebrates 20 years of a colourful and well- travelled life. In partnership with Alliance Française de Durban, the Centre for Fine Art Animation (CFAD) and Design partnered to celebrate this milestone.

As part of the celebrations, Jace will travel around South Africa with confirmed stops in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Gaborone in Botswana. Part of the events planned is a book documenting Jace’s time in South Africa and in Botswana. In his travels, Jace is accompanied by a photographer Ntombenhle Mbongwe who is commissioned to do documentary stills for the book that will be launched next year at FRAC. FRAC is a prestigious institution that collects and promotes contemporary art from artists around the world and CFAD was proud to be part in this project.

Jace conducted a workshop with third year students from CFAD and the works created at the workshop were shown at the festival FrancofĂȘte, promoting the Francophone celebration, on March 21.

The workshop saw Jace give a presentation of his work spanning two decades across continents. The intention of the presentation was to allow students to contextualize and interact with Jace also as a foundation and preparatory phase for what the workshop will entail at CFAD.

During the presentation, Jace presented a body of graffiti work with a twist as the work themselves engaged billboards, not graffiti art as we know it. In Reunion Island, where Jace resides, he engages billboards where he adds his intervention on existing billboards. An example will be a beer advert where the artist has changed what was originally a beer can to what ends up looking like a spray can obviously symbolic of his spray cans that he works with. This aspect of his practice resonated with students at CFAD which in turn informed what the workshop became.

Learners were asked to bring posters, acrylic paint and other painting materials to the workshop. The posters themselves could be that of movies, political posters etc. The intent was for learners to learn to work from an existing image. Ideally, what started as a political poster ended up as amazing work of art. In some cases, students changed the poster completely or blocked parts of the poster altering aspects of the poster to a point where the viewer is still able to recognize it.

CFAD is a pioneer in private creative education. More information from Larina Naicker, Manager CFAD, on 031 240 8402 or email: or visit