This is Not Street Art

‘This is not Street Art’ was the first-ever exhibition organised by St+art. While work advanced in Shahpur Jat during the 2014 Delhi Festival, an abandoned space in the neighbouring urban village of Hauz Khas (HKV) simultaneously became site for a unique intervention.

In 2014, HKV was primarily inhabited by locals and artist studios courtesy its low rents. Over the past decades it had gone through rapid gentrification, becoming one of the most popular hangout spots in South Delhi. Its prime location, along with the diverse range of people who visited made it the ideal location for our first exhibition.

The exhibition featured works of artists such as Okuda, Harsh Raman, M-city, Hendrick, Daku, Yantr, Ranjit Dahiya, and BOND amongst others.

The exhibition witnessed 22 artists creating site-specific works alongside showcasing aspects of their practice beyond their work in the public space.

With the aim of creating unique experiences in unconventional spaces, we chose a large defunct space shut since the 90s as the venue. The space was located in the heart of HKV and its run-down, grungy interior provided the perfect setting for urban artists to showcase their works.

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The entrance to the venue was through a small passageway which connected to a main arterial lane of the village. Indian artist Sid and Italian artist Corvz painted it in a way that would be inviting for uninformed passers-by to enter and discover the space.

In a sense, the exhibition was almost the antithesis of what a conventional gallery space is supposed to look like with the sight of bare walls in plain view. The juxtaposition of artworks and installations against the venue's natural aesthetic successfully created an informal and approachable environment to engage with art.

The exhibition ran for a month and saw a diverse range of people engage with the works. Everyone from locals of the village to tourists, both young and old, reaffirmed that there was a need for creating alternative spaces to experience the visual arts within the city. With the help of film screenings and open discussions on the artists’ practises, the exhibition also ignited a discourse on the global phenomenon of street art, while bringing some of its finer nuances to New Delhi.

This Is Not Street Art Exhibition Space Featuring Works Of Tona Foe Alias Ano Giulia Ambrogi
This Is Not Street Art Exhibition Alias Akshat Nauriyal
This Is Not Street Art Exhibition Bond Dhruv Kalra
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'This is Not Street Art', Hauz Khaz Village, 2015