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 previous decade 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 included 22 artists creating site-specific works, showcasing their gallery bSED 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.

In a sense, the exhibition was an antithesis of what a conventional gallery exhibition is supposed to look like. 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 was open for all. From resident villagers to tourists, both young and old, the audience was diverse and reaffirmed that there was a need for creating alternative spaces to experience art within the city. With the help of film screenings and open discussions on the artists’ practises, the exhibition also opened up a discourse on the global phenomenon of street art, while bringing some of its finer nuances to New Delhi.

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'This is Not Street Art', Hauz Khaz Village, 2015