Post the wildly successful St+art Delhi project earlier this year, the St+Art initiative is now giving the city of Mumbai a facelift. Not only do they provide a fantastic collaborative platform for both, international and local artists, St+Art Mumbai also aims to promote street art and graffiti in the Indian art sphere. This project will bring together several artists for a month of workshops, installations, murals and performances, between the 7th and 3oth of November
The festival officially started on the 7th with the unveiling of the first few completed murals in Bandra. The next day was host to two events - a talk by artist and designer Hanif Kureshi, of Guerilla and St+Art, about his ongoing project to archive and digitise vernacular street typography and his street art project in Mumbai, at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum and an outdoors screening of 'From Graffiti to Public Art', a documentary introducing street art as a contemporary art form which is recognized as a legitimate form of public art all over the world, on Carter Road, Bandra. A radium sticker workshop conducted by Salim Babubhai and Hanif Kureshi was held on the 9th, wherein participants got an insight into the radium art world and a chance to explore typography, letter-cutting and sticker-making. Over the next two days, two fascinating locations will turn into extraordinary venues for month long exhibitions where one could get a chance to meet the artists, preview completed works and purchase displayed works - St. Jude Bakery, an abandoned building in Bandra will play host to MAGMA Volume I (November 14th) and Upadrastha House, a heritage building in the city's art district, Kala Godha to MAGMA Volume II (November 15th).
The walls of Versova metro station, Vienna store (Hill road), BMC School (Pali Naka), the underpass before Reclamation, Rizvi Chambers, MTNL building are next in line to receive an upgrade. Several other workshops and talks will be held over the course of this festival - have a look at the calendar here to stay updated on these events.
For the uninitiated, here's a quick recap of what has happened so far.
I. Akacorleone's 'Hey Saint Jude, please help me. I'm a lost cause!' @ St. Jude Bakery, Waroda Road, Bandra
II. Amitabh's 'much much/मच मच' @ Hawaiian Shack Wall, Bandra
III. Anpu & Nora's 'Tetrapods' @ Pali Village, Bandra
IV. Yantr's 'Mass Production' @ Pali Village
Here is a glimpse into the artists that are part of St.Art Mumbai and are also showcasing some of their work at the MAGMA exhibitions tomorrow and day after.
I. AKACORLEONEAkacorleone, originally Pedro Campiche, is an illustrator and graphic designer from Lisbon, Portugal. He uses the art of graffiti to express himself and applies its aesthetics in his daily life and work. He incorporates both hand-done and digital elements into his work, which find their roots in his love for vectors and markers, watercolours, ink, moleskin doodling and screen printing.
Harsh's style is entirely distinguishable even from miles away - his use of bold and colourful characters woven into twisted narratives set him apart from the rest of the lot. He aims to create murals that act as gateways into a strange and vivid world, so as to engage and expand the imagination of his audience. Raman was also a participating artist at St+art Delhi 2014 as well as in the first Street Art exhibition in India ”This is Not Street Art”.
XVI. INKBRUSHnMEHarshvardhan Kadam, aka INKBRUSHnME tells mythological tales through a contemporary visuals. His strength lies in being able to use varied artistic mediums to convey his message. Harshvardhan formed his collective, inkbrushnme, which provides distinct illustrations for graphic novels, motion pictures, games and children’s books. He also initiated the public art project 'Searching for Empty Walls Disorder' (SEWD), "a restless artistic disease which results in modifying unused urban spaces into public art landmarks." Kadam was also a participating artist at St+art Delhi 2014 as well as in the first Street Art exhibition in India "This is Not Street Art".
XVII. RANJIT DAHIYAA communication designer from Mumbai, Ranjit is a celebrated artist and is the founder of the Bollywood Art Project (BAP), a community visual art project within which he hand paints iconic people and moments from Indian cinema. He was also a participating artist at St+art Delhi 2014 as well as the Street Art exhibition in India "This is Not Street Art".
XVIII. TYLERDeriving inspiration from the anti-establishmentarian novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Tyler's work is deeply based on a potent combination of humour and satirical images with powerful text - mostly a comment on the state of media.
XIX. YANTRYantr's work is, more often than not, a socio-political statement. He wants to make such issues accessible to the general public through street art. His work revolves around the complexity of machines and organic forms, fusing in his signature style. He was also a participating artist at St+art Delhi 2014 as well as in the first Street Art exhibition in India ”This is Not Street Art”.