Graffiti gives voice to gals

Local artists push to involve more women in street art. Photo: Facebook/ WomenXpress

Graffiti is something you expect at a bus station, but you might be surprised to see women spraying in broad daylight.

“Women are underrepresented in the street art and art in general,” says Kala Singa, a graffiti artist who is part of well-known graffiti group Wachata Crew.

Singa says they want to see a more visible female presence in the arts.

“So after seeing that there is a lack of female artists, we came with this idea of Women Xpress project that we collaborate on with [visual artist] Alt Del.”

The Wachata Crew and Alt Del taught different techniques to young women at Nafasi Art Space to help them to express their creativity and talent which culminated in a public event on July 1 at the Morocco bus station in Kinondoni.

“They used graffiti to talk about women and women’s issues and rights, with the aim to contribute to the empowerment of the Tanzanian woman.”

Singa says they want to continue holding workshops and public graffiti workshops, and even expand them country-wide.

“These workshops have been an opportunity for the young women artists to express themselves without constraint, to empower and to demonstrate the power of a collective and multicultural creation, sharing knowledge, techniques and artistic competences.”

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Daniel Hayduk
Daniel is Dar Post's news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.