It’s not everyday that you see a wall in Delhi being artistically painted. But starting today is a street art festival in Khirkee Extension, which brings together creative practitioners from diverse backgrounds, such as, artists, photographers, graffiti artists and designers, who will make the walls of Khirkee Extension their canvas. With due permission from the officials, the project not only aims to build a creative movement but contribute to the ongoing engagement between art and public within the neighbourhood of the Khirkee area.
“It all started a few months back when I discussed the idea of street art with a friend of mine. We decided to do it in Khirkee, as I had been working in this area since 2004,” says Aastha Chauhan, one of the organisers of the festival. Once the project kicked off on March 6, a lot of people joined in. “Since we saw people joining in almost everyday and enquiring about it, we kept the deadline for the official inauguration of this project as March 31,” says Chauhan, who adds that artists can still join in and participate.
The festival will begin today with a performance by Tiny Drops, a Khirkee-based hip hop group that has kids from the community. They will also be conducting a live painting session.
“The residents in the community were really welcoming and forthcoming. They not only allowed us to paint on their walls but also got involved with us,” says Chauhan. Citing an example, she says, “There is a young boy living here by the name of Sajid Khan, who is learning fashion photography. He takes pictures of artists working and uploads them on our Facebook page.”
At the inaugural, the organisers will be distributing to the visitors a map that will guide them to the artworks. “The works have no names, but the map will direct the visitor towards the artworks,” says Chauhan. All the artworks will be open indefinitely after the inaugural.
What is street art?
Street art is specifically visual art, which is developed in public spaces. The term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, sticker art, street poster art, video projection, art intervention and street installations. Street art should not be confused with contemporary public space artwork.
On global street
British artist Joe Hill’s creation broke records for the longest and largest surface area 3D street painting in 2011, according to Guinness Book of World Records. In the picture (inset), actors pose with gym equipment on the world’s largest 3D painting at Canary Wharf in London. The artwork measures in excess of 1,120 square meters. Other names in street art include Kurt Wenner, Dutch artist Leon Keer, Edgar Muller and French-born artist JR.
As reported by the UK Guardian