'Sport Doesn't Care'

St. Andrews College, Mumbai


On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2020, in collaboration with Adidas Originals and Asian Paints we inaugurated a unique urban arts intervention on the basketball court of Mumbai’s St. Andrews College. The court was freshly transformed with a typographic artwork created by New Delhi-based artist Khatra vouching for and celebrating the spirit of inclusivity in sports.

Sport spaces have typically been considered as spaces for ‘boys’, more so in India where existing social constructs discourage young women from participating. Lack of access to safe sporting facilities is also a major deterrent. Yet, despite prevailing adversities, over the years India has produced some of the world’s best women athletes, proving that skill, ability and perseverance don’t have a gender.

Khatra, whose body of work includes calligraphy, typography and abstract works, used an impactful yet minimalist approach for his design, working with variations in typography to make the message accessible.

Khatra’s typographic mural uses bold colours with the message ‘Girls = Boys’. The choice of colours in the piece alludes to the stereotype of ‘blue’ for boys and ‘pink’ for girls, precisely to serve as a reminder of the need to break away from it, as colour, just like sport, inherently does not discriminate. The labels and tags we give to people and things as human beings do.

The artist, who is well-known for his body of work including calligraphy, typography and abstract works amongst others, used an impactful yet minimalist approach for his design, working with variations in typography to make the message more accessible. The stencil of ‘Sport doesn’t care’ on the side of the court also reinstates the guiding thought of the piece, highlighting that in sport, all that matters is skill and hard work.

The initiative - taken under the larger project base of ‘St+art Courts’ which seeks to enliven playgrounds in our country with urban contemporary art interventions, also aimed to transform the basketball court into an iconic location for the city of Mumbai. Contributing to the foundation’s vision to create art that is inclusive and capable of reaching a wide audience, St+art Courts strive to utilise the immense power of public art to further both the spirit of sportsmanship as well as community building.