Public art makes art free, more democratic: Hanif Kureshi


India is at the dawn of a new artistic movement – the urban contemporary, according to famous public artist Hanif Kureshi.

Kureshi defines the contemporary urban movement as one that challenges the conventional notion of the practice of art and encourages a culture where “artists make cities their studios, rather than having a studio in a city”.

We are at the start of a new movement that we call the urban contemporary. When the artist makes cities his workshops, art becomes freer, it becomes more democratic. “Why can’t an individual come out and express themselves? Make a wall a canvas and make a city a canvas. And that’s the new movement,” he told PTI in a statement. interview.

Kureshi recently collaborated with Bombay Sapphire’s Stir Creativity platform, Serendipity Arts Festival and the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) to design a first-of-its-kind mural titled “Goa Glitch” on a waste sorting station.

According to him, the sorting stations, which were “new interventions” in the streets of Goa, were structures that people were not aware of, or were not paying attention to.

Turning them into works of art, he said, will help them pay attention to structure and, by extension, its role in keeping the environment clean.

“A sorting station is a functionally important structure, but it’s not great in terms of design… it doesn’t look good on the outside.” So we decided to adding value to the waste, and turning it into a work of art, ”Kureshi said.

The initiative was part of Bombay Sapphire’s Stir Creativity Platform efforts to support sustainability and creativity.

The old brown rectangular box by the side of the road now bears beautiful, vibrant colors representative of the spirit of the city – bringing the myriad shades of the Goan sky and sea to life.

“We wanted to take inspiration from Goa, the sensitivity of Goa and the color palette, like the undertones of the sky at different times of the day, and how the ocean has different shades of blue throughout the day, and combine them in the form of an abstract composition. “And more importantly, it adds a touch of excitement to that brown structure that she was before,” Kureshi said. Known for her blend of art, typography and street culture to transcend socio-cultural barriers, his artistic practice revolves around the integration of art into the spaces we inhabit and with which we engage every day. Being no tool to measure public engagement with a work of art that is part of the cityscape, Kureshi said that the impact of public art on society will always be “positive”.

Speaking of the popular arts district of Lodhi in Delhi, where the walls of an entire locality carry works of art by artists from all over the world, he said that art has become a “subconscious” part of children growing up in the city. colony.

There is no tool to measure engagement as such, but the value of a public artwork can be seen over a period of time.

“Subconsciously, the children who live in Lodhi Settlement today, what would be their version of art?” How this art will fuel their imaginations is beyond our imagination. It’s not something I can predict, but I know it will only create something positive, ”Kureshi said.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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