Lakwena Maciver is a London-based artist exhibiting work internationally, both in galleries and in the public environment. Her work is inspired by adornment, and its use and power as a means of communication. Informed by decoration both aesthetically and conceptually, she explores the messages that decoration is used to communicate, its traditional use in worship and myth-making and how this translates into contemporary popular culture.
Concerned with the significance of how and who we decorate, and what this reflects about our values and beliefs, Lakwena positions kaleidoscopic colours, bold pattern and adornment as powerful signifiers to redefine and reassign value and glory. Using words as both images and as anchors of meaning, she borrows from the techniques and conventions of traditional sign-writing and contemporary graphic design.
– I first saw her work when I was painting for Art Basel in Miami in 2013. I watched her do a big mural there and fell in love with her work. After briefly meeting her, and talking to her about her work ethics, she was an obvious choice for us, says Shai Dahan, curator of No Limit Street Art.
– I´m so happy to have Lakwena in our line up. This year we really managed to get a wide range of styles. The work she makes is so colorful and despite it´s really cheerful it also has a deeper meaning in the messages. I love how she combines these important messages with the vibrant colors and massive typography and graphic forms, says Stina Hallhagen, project manager.
No Limit is an outdoor art event inviting artists from around the world to participate in turning the public space into an outdoor gallery. The event is about all kinds of street art, from large scale murals to street art sculptures and installations. No Limit first saw the world in September 2014, 2015 we did it again and now the festival have become a biennial event. A warm welcome to Borås, Sweden 3-10th of September 2017.
Artists line up will be revealed continuously from now on – stay tuned for further artists and more information.