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#WIP: The Street Art Show

The #WIPShow, or Work-in-progress was a walk-through experiential street art exhibition hosted at ICD-TKD - the Inland Container Depot, in New Delhi.

Spread across 55 acres, ICD is the largest dry port of India which handles 2,000 containers and hosts 10,000 employees on a daily basis. It is one of the busiest and most intense areas of Delhi.

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The #WIPShow acted as an open lab where 25 Indian and international artists created site-specific artworks onsite, and under the public's eye over two months. While on one side, artists could be observed painting the facades of the containers, on the other, there were performances, street battles, gigs, pop-up food stalls and workshops taking place, making the entire area a hotspot of cultural exchanges and activities.

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Artworks by artists Hendrik, Nevercrew, Dwa Zeta, Ullas Hydoor, Reko Rennie and Inkbushnme

The city of New Delhi is always under construction, always transforming. ‘Men at work’ and ‘Work in Progress’ signs are a constant visual across the capital whilst the people who build our cities remain invisible, similar to the street artists who transform our public spaces. The exhibition aimed at capturing the energy of the changing cityscape and reconnecting art to the daily lives of people, while highlighting the nature of street art as a constant work in progress.

All visitors were given the neon jackets worn by construction workers of Delhi. This was an attempt to create a space which was welcoming for people across all backgrounds and where everyone was equal. Wearing the jackets, a truck driver could feel as comfortable visiting the site, as an art gallery owner.

All visitors were given the neon jackets worn by construction workers of Delhi.

Following the philosophy of street art where you find things when you least expect them, the exhibition was designed in a way to create a space of constant discovery in a place you don’t expect to find such things.

Here, the containers which bring in all the goods of Delhi, could be explored in their natural environments, but from a different perspective - that of canvasses and materials, as part of installations. The idea was to explore the materiality of objects and investigate an alternative usage of these extremely functional boxes.

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Capitalising on the functionality of the containers, two installations were also set up during the exhibition. While French artists Lek & Sowat created an installation as a reference to the functional aspect of the containers dealing with banana shipping, Indian artist Harsh Raman used the containers to install a temple of Street Art & Graffiti.

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Installations by Lek & Sowat and Harsh Raman

Apart from exterior facades, artworks were also made inside the containers. 'Bananas' by Indian sign painter Shabbu, ‘The House is Black’ by Iranian artist Nafir, and the Harsh Raman’s portraits in his temple of Street Art & Graffiti all featured artworks done inside the containers.

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Pieces created inside containers, by artists Shabbu, Shoe, Harsh Raman and Nafir

The aim of #WIP was to become an open platform for various cultural activities. So every weekend creatives across mediums were invited to explore the space in new ways. While the artists were busy painting the containers, there were various gigs, tours and workshops happening simultaneously.

#WIP took-over 31,200 sq feet of ICD for two months and over the course of the exhibition 30,000 people visited the site.

Street battles: Beatboxing, Bboying, DJ performances, rap and dance battles were a common site at the WIP show.