St+art Delhi 2019 is here. Garnering increasing enthusiasm and crowds with each year, having already worked with over 250 artists, 275 walls, 11 festivals, and four exhibitions across seven cities in the country. In its sixth year, the St+art foundation is broadening the scope of its Urban Arts Festival, with over 30 artists gracing its open-air art gallery with their works. Held in the Lodhi district neighbourhood, across Khanna and Meherchand markets, they aim to take art out of the museums and galleries and make it accessible to all.
With colourful murals adorning the areas and with engaging exhibits, the 2019 edition focuses on increasing community participation, looking to bring out diversity and inclusivity of cultures. With 20 murals being added this year, the artists are creating works that put the spotlight on causes such as women empowerment, waste management, upcycling, and climate change. Such current topics being displayed in the midst of the city furthers the cause of increasing discourse on important issues among the masses.
On till March 15, here is what you should look out for.
Murals to watch out for
While all the works promise to be captivating, here are a few artists that should make it to your must-see list. Adele Renault for her bird mural; David Leitner for his black and white depiction of pressing issues; Georgia Hill for the melange of Indian and western influences in her work; and Sameer Kulavoor for observations on social media algorithms, and how it controls our psyche and lives.
An art exhibition held at the neighbouring Jor Bagh, ‘Friction’ seeks to take forward the trending conversation on the coming together of art and technology. Expect artworks that showcase the dialogue on the dynamic interrelations between art, nature, and technology. You can walk through multimedia works and experience the dichotomy of technology making art more accessible as well as diluting its essence.
The exhibition is on at Kona in Jor Bagh.
Tours and workshops
Specially curated workshops by artists as well as guided tours through the St+art Delhi 2019 are a great way of immersing yourself into the art being showcased. Be it Urban Gardening or Hand Painted Typography, take your pick and indulge in your personal passion.
Diversity of experiences
While the main attraction is the murals, this year presents many more art forms. Lookout for augmented reality works, music, F&B segments with chefs, visual arts, and other interactive media art pieces spread across the Lodhi Art District and Kona, Jor Bagh.
Catch all the updates for ongoing events and activities at @startindia.
All images: Courtesy St+art Delhi