breezeyoko

Conversations with Breeze Yoko, Johannesburg, in Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba
Tuesday 24 November 2-4 PM.

What happens to a city and all its cultures and subcultures in the wake of systematic segregation? Meet artist Breeze Yoko in a conversation about Johannesburg and the awakening opposition among South Africa’s youth.

The student uprisings #Feesmustfall began in the spring of 2015 with a resistance to colonial symbols such as the statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Since then, wave after wave of student demonstrations have occurred throughout South Africa. Breeze Yoko will give us an insight into South Africa some 20 years after the fall of apartheid, where more and more youth are organizing themselves and demanding their rights.

Breeze Yoko is artist in residence at Residence Botkyrka in November, he is active within the field of graffiti, painting, film and around issues of self-organization and self-empowerment, inspired by the “Black Consciousness Movement” a pan-Africanist vision of a united Africa among liberated black Africans, lead by Steve Biko in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Breeze Yoko is a Johannesburg-based award winning multidisciplinary artist and curator specialising in video/film and graffiti. Yoko has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and in urban art projects in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Senegal, Germany, France, and many more. His films have won awards at the Tricontinental Film Festival, South Africa; Special mention in the Sienna Film Festival, Italy; and Dak’Art, Senegal. He recently painted murals in over 13 countries traveling mostly overland from Lagos to Amsterdam.

Breeze’s whimsical yet powerful murals unfurl a kind of humanity and beauty that re-imagine their environments. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, Yoko uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space in a fictional and experiential universe. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Yoko also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous and constant change. His work is also concerned with pan-Africanism, and the reclaiming and forging of old and new “schemes, forms and strategies” in the realms of culture and politics.

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
Breeze Yoko
16 – 29 nov. 15

SAMTAL
24 nov. kl 14-16
Botkyrka konsthall
Tumba