St+art India Foundation’s magnificent street art festival St+art Delhi 2016 witnessed the gathering of national and international street artists who worked on Delhi’s Lodhi Colony.
St+art Delhi 2016 in collaboration with Asian Paints, set out on a mission to beautify the Lodhi Colony area of the national capital, with cheerful colours. The festival, taking place from 15th December to 16th February, witnessed the gathering of national and international street artists who worked on the walls stretching between Khanna Market and Meherchand Market.
Asian Paints supported the St+art Foundation, the artists and their creative endeavour. They provided the resources required by the artists to accomplish a feat of this magnanimous scale including funds, administrative support, and most importantly, paints.
One of the festival’s foremost goals was to make art accessible to everyone and not only to an elite audience shut within the conventional gallery. By bringing art into the public space, the festival ensures that ordinary people can also engage with and discuss about art.
A significant part of the festival was WIP – The Street Art Show, which was a surreal walk-through installation constructed with the use of 100 shipping containers. It was held at ICD (Inland Container Depot) in Tughlakabad in conjunction with CONCOR – Container Corporation of India. Here the artists worked on site, with a melange of cultural events buzzing around this dry port, Asia’s largest.
The St+art Delhi festival was at once a celebration of street art and creativity, and a collaborative endeavour to bring to the Lodhi Colony of Delhi some colour and a much needed makeover.
Text By Tasneem S. Pocketwala
Photographs By Bed & Chai, Hanif Kureshi, Akshat Nauriyal and Shijo George