There are many great things about the vast subcontinent of India that give its citizens a lot to be proud of — centuries-old history, rich culture, beautiful architecture, art and science. In a country as dynamic and diverse as ours, we have many sights and sounds to experience, and the greats of our past are documented and recorded for us, preserved in museums for us to see. Still, while our history is truly fascinating, we’ve all experienced our eyes glazing over at display after display of history lessons at some point or another. But when you stumble upon something surprisingly, astonishingly unique, it will keep you wide awake and alert with its wild absurdity.
One such initiative breaking past the stereotypical image of a quintessential museum is the St+art Art Festival — an open-air art museum. As part of this, the Singapore Weekender was organized as a project initiated by St+art India Foundation in collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board is bringing to Delhi Singapore’s “most prolific, cutting edge talent” as part of this interactive experience.
“In 2016, we initiated the first art district in India. It was a challenging and exciting process which transformed the charming, quiet colony into an open-air art museum. From the beginning, the approach has been to create an urban contemporary art museum offering the best examples of this art form. The selection of the artists has been always thought in this light along with choosing artists who are able to relate to the context and its local narratives. For this edition of the Lodhi Art Festival, the artists who are invited will offer the colony a wide range of artistic expressions,” said Giulia Ambrogi, Co-founder and curator, St+art India Foundation.
Award-winning, Singaporean artist Tan Xi Zi,renowned street artist Samantha Lo colloquially known as the ‘Sticker Lady’, and street artists Sheryo, who have been taking the art world by storm, will be exhibiting their work at the festival. “While each artist has their own way of working, all of them explored the city to get a glimpse of India too. Singaporean talent at the festival have created their work inspired by their country of origin, their travels across the world and their interaction with the communities near Lodhi Colony. Tan Zi Xi, Sam Lo, Yok and Sheryo created spell-binding installations and murals in the first edition of the Singapore Weekender at the St+art Festival in Sassoon Docks, Mumbai back in 2017. This time, we are excited to say that they have again created some interesting pieces at the festival,” said Ambrogi while talking about this year’s line-up.
Other artists displaying their works include the likes of Brandon Tay and Eugene Soh, who have added a new dimension to their work by integrating technology with their art forms. Tay’s installation uses CGI and moving images and while Soh has created an innovative kiosk called the ‘The Dude Project’ which is equally innovative. The St+art Delhi Festival also features Daan Botlek from Netherlands, Georgia Hill from Australia, Marc Lee from Switzerland along with renowned Indian graffiti artists such as Daku, Aravani Art Project, Akshat Nauriyal, Do and Khatra, The Big Fat Minimalist and many more.
Dates: February 15 to 17, 2019.
Venue: Multiple Venues
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