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"Dirty Kids South" -  HOLA, SKIT, DAGGER, SEMAJ, EZZEK, APETEY, PANDA SPOOF, JSLV, DEEP, BURN, KALOY, BAYAWAK, CHANO, BLACK, NOSTRA & RAI

July 14, 2018

Into the Streets

You read right. Perhaps to enclose a boundless space, or perhaps to emphasize its restricting character, DKS collective takes us “into” the streets, gives us a glimpse of art and brotherhood formed and grown from the streets.

What took a 30 member group of street artists to be the DKS today were a handful of initiators with only a vague but enduring and ambitious vision in the beginning. The vision could not be more straightforward—no pretensions, just a group of passionate artists comfortable in their own hood (and with each one’s drinking capacity, should they have it), and of course, more recruits to the scene. Pioneers Spoof and Daga/Dagger started out calling themselves CKY DirtyKids, parallel to western street art influence, and later became DK which stands simply for DirtyKids. Finally, they took the name DKS, or DirtyKidsSouth. The journey to becoming DKS came with encounters with street art professionals, hobbyists, aspirants, etc., all of whom helped form the DKS of today. And indeed, the streets have become a home (figuratively, but literally could work as well) and refuge to this group of passionate artists.

In “Into the Streets”, DKS once more takes a leap outside of their found comfort, and gathers to bring us their very first art exhibit. The mission is to take the audience into their world, and themselves outside of it—an exchange of perspectives.

Perhaps, the world of streets is a boundless space. Perhaps, it is the opposite. Perhaps, through this, their world will only prove that there are wider spaces for them yet to unfold.

-- Momangu

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