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Emerging Artists, Bangalore

Alongside providing established artists with a platform to showcase their work, St+art Bangalore 2016 encouraged local artists to engage with public spaces and renew their craft.

We circulated an open call-out for artists and out of the received portfolios selected 7 emerging talents to showcase their work in relevant spaces. The chosen artists created artworks along the Dhanvantri Road and the Cubbon Park metro station, amongst other locations in the city.

From mythology and mental illness to notions of freedom and co-existence, the artists’ pieces engaged with a wide range of issues, all relevant to the city’s existing milieu.

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This mural on Dhanvantri Road was completed by Emerging Artist ‘deadtheduck’. It features Airavata - Lord Indira's mythological white elephant. But all doesn't seem to be well with it. The image depicts a slowly decaying Airavat, lumbering towards his final moments. The image of a white elephant was chosen by the artist because historically, kings of Siam used to present white elephants to courtiers they didn't like, because the elephants were incredibly expensive to maintain. A lot of the things that the artist experiences on a daily basis, in and around Bangalore are seemingly approaching the same fate - of falling apart at the seams. The mural was an attempt to boil down that indifference into a single image.

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Titled “An ongoing game of chess holds the key to opening the floodgates”, another mural on Dhanvantri Road was done courtesy of Emerging Artist, Shambhavi Singh. The image symbolizes a power play over Bangalore’s tanks and their system of flows and overflows of water. “One who controls water, controls the land!" Shambhavi's mural couldn't be more relevant, what with the state's bitter fights over water in the recent months.

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This mural titled “Co-exist” was completed by Emerging Artist Rutwij Paranjape. He recreated a visual from everyday life to emphasise feelings of brotherhood and camaraderie. Through this piece he wanted to celebrate coexistence. People from different cities and cultural backgrounds often commute and coexist in a metro for a brief period of time, leaving their differences aside. The artist found these brief encounters beautiful and wanted to depict the same feeling to the passers-by who saw it.

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Abhimanyu Ghimiray’s artwork inside Bal Bhavan. The inspiration for this mural came from the space itself. Once the artist got there, the place took him back to his childhood days, when he enjoyed playing by the swings and doodling on walls, without having much to think about. Back then though he hadn’t realised his interest in art. Through this piece he wanted to convey that kids should be left free to do what they want to do because you never know what interests they could develop. They should be allowed to evolve by themselves, not be bound and moulded into something they may not necessarily want.

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This mural on Residency Road was done by Saksham Verma. As a budding contemporary artist Saksham always tries to create art that is relevant to the spaces and communities it belongs in. When he came across Residency Road, owing to the large number of restaurants that offered East Asian cuisines he noticed the presence of oriental culture in the area. Choosing to visually depict his observation, he painted the "Chinese lucky cat" or the maneki-neko, along with a mix of Indian-oriental patterns that contain symbols of prosperity, love and union.

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This mural by Emerging Artist Kashmira Sarode, in Cubbon Park Metro Station, was done in earthen tones to echo the mood of the surroundings. The artist said that the mural is a feel-good reminder, inspired by Cubbon park, which encourages passers-by to take some time to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the park amidst the busy city.

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Mural by Raghav Bhalla, a student at Srishti School Of Art, Design and Technology. The theme surrounding the mural was mental illness. His work attempts to start a conversation about this issue. Mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are not very openly talked about in our society. It imagines how someone would feel when they come out of a mental illness. They're likely to feel a mental space that they had forgotten about. A freedom that is almost new to them. The whole process is like being born again. To visually process this, the artist used light tones and organic shapes that simplify the human form and topped it off with imagery that signified happiness to him.

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