#WIP : The Street Art Show

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WIP was hosted in the unconventional space of Inland Container Depot (ICD-TKD) between Sunday, 31st January and Sunday, 11th March 2016. St+art India, in collaboration with Container Corporation of India (CONCOR,) aimed to activate the same dynamic of the previous shows by reinventing a space unknown to the general public and opening the gate to a hidden and vibrant part of the city.

Spread across 55 acres in Tughlakabad, ICD is the largest dry port in Asia. It is an intense space both for its environmental characteristics and its activities. On a daily basis it handles 2,000 containers and sees 10,000 employees working in the space, making it one of the busiest areas in the city. 31,200 square feet of ICD was transformed into a walk-through installation by using 100 shipping containers, 1,000 liters of paint and 20,000 working hours by 25 national and international artists.

Wip Opening 12 Photo By Akshat Nauriyal
‘Cosmic Egg’ by Agostino Lacurci, 2016 — Rome-based Agostino painted a giant Cosmic Egg, an ancient and universal symbol which is present in almost all cultures, religions and cults. It also alludes to the nature of containers, which like the egg, are somethings that contain but are also contained. (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal, Arjun Bhasin)
‘Bali’ by Amitabh Kumar, 2016 — This morbid giant is the inspiration behind the image of the headless beast - just about to collapse. (Photos: Arjun Bhasin, Naman Saraiya)
‘Fruits of Childhood’ by Anpu Varkey, 2016 — This portrait opened up and triggered a personal and intimate dialogue with the viewer based on the childhood of each one of us, exposed to a wide audience. (Photos: Naman Saraiya,)
‘Going Bananas’ by Lek&Sowet, 2016 — The bamboo structure represents a defensive fort which is built to protect the tribes from oppression and displacement. (Photos: Arjun Bhasin, Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Original Aboriginal’ by Reko Rennie, 2016 — (Photos: Naman Saraiya)
‘Matruka’ by Inkbrushnme, 2016 — Inkbrushnme painted “Matruka”, which in Sanskrit translates to “The Mother Goddess”. She will continue to share her story of divine femininity as the containers travel to different parts of the country. (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Contain’ by Ullas Hydoor, 2016 — The hands depicted the Creator and the relation the workers share with him, of how they believe he controls their destiny, even though they contain the power to create their own. It was this relationship that Ullas tries to explore through this piece. (Photos: Shijo George, Akshat Nauriyal)
‘See Through/See Beyond’ by Nevercrew, 2016 — Made by the Swiss duo Nevercrew, this piece was in connection to a mural they made in the Lodhi art District. (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Exotic Pictograms’ by Dwa Zeta, 2016 — Elements such as palms, water, sun come together to be somehow broken down, much like the walls we have to break down to get in touch with a different culture and open up new discourses. (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Callligraffiti’ by Shoe, 2016 — The 4 containers that he painted reflect upon his journey through life as an artist.The first layer was his graffiti tag “Shoe”, the second layer consisted of abstract expressionism and the third layer was of calligraffiti. After he used Indian brooms to create the abstract layer, he wrote his own poem that talks about his intense and dense path of life, for the third layer. (Photos: Arjun Bhasin, Naman Saraiya)
‘Mirage’ by Borondo, 2016 — On the inside of the container, Borondo made an installation using common bricks which he painted gold to ironically suggest that the real richness lies in common people who work to provide for the rich. (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal, Naman Saraiya)
‘1 Globe And 11 Alto Cars’ by Gaia, 2016 — (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Raja Band’ by Do&Khatra, 2016 — (Photos: Pranav Gohil, Arjun Bhasin)
‘Apsara (Composition 4)’ by Chifumi, 2016 — Here, Chifumi proposesd a personal vision of his journeys and the various cultures he came across. (Photos: Arjun Bhasin)
‘Banana’ by Painter Shubhu, 2016 — Painter Shabbu is from a village near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh (North India). He started painting Bollywood posters in Bombay, and after learning the art of painting signs, he has painted over a thousand fruit-juice stall fronts till date. (Photos: Naman Saraiya)
‘Look Over’ by Lucangelo BT, 2016 — (Photos: Arjun Bhasin, Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Omnia Videns/Seeing All’ by Senkoe, 2016 — (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal)
‘Temple of Graffiti’ by Harsh Raman, 2016 — For Harsh Raman, street art is a practice that comes from deep meditation, discipline and faith, just as the Sadhu depicted practices. (Photos: Pranav Gohil, Naman Saraiya, Akshat Nauriyal)
‘BREATHE’ by Daku, 2016 — (Photos: Shijo George)
‘The House is Black’ by Nafir, 2016 — This was a portrait of Forugh Farrokhzad, the filmmaker of House is Black, which was also the first documentary ever made by a woman in Iran. (Photos: Shijo George)
‘The Revolution will be painted’ by Tyler, 2016 — Tyler is a Mumbai-based street artist. His work is a combination of humor and satirical images combined with powerful text, mostly critiquing the media (Photos: Naman Saraiya, Akshat Nauriyal)

ICD hosts around 10,000 workers on a daily basis. These include truckers, lifters, crane operators, and waste-collectors among others. In ode to their name-less face-less presence and contribution to the city, the project also invited some artists to take over permanent structures- allowing for something to be left behind with the daily inhabitants once the exhibition is over.

‘This is nowhere to go but everywhere’ by Hendrick ECB, 2016 — Feeling that the area lacked a human touch, German artist ECB decided to paint the portrait of a worker of ICD on this 120 ft silo. It is an ode to the unknown and unseen struggle of the rag pickers and truckers of the area. (Photos: Akshat Nauriyal)

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