By Bhawna Chauhan, Gargi Chanda & Keren Elizabeth Abraham
(Master of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi)
Vandalism, disrespect, rebellion, a symbol of urban decay, these are few descriptors the vast majority of the population would use for graffiti or Street art, but is graffiti any different than any other art form? Just like any other piece of art, graffiti is an expression. It can easily be argued that graffiti is the biggest art movement ever seen, especially on a global scale. Street art today in a way is allowing people to connect with art and expression on a daily basis, the colourful and beautiful murals painted on walls, trains etc reach out to the public every day.
Art is the highest form of hope, this, I had experienced and realized very young. Pencils, paint brushes and colours have always been close to even when, sometimes, people were not. It was even more fascinating to see art travel from sheets of paper to the huge walls.
Since the inception of the street art festival in Delhi, I wanted to explore the street art through the streets of Delhi capturing the awe through the lens. And then the time came when I had to choose a topic for my major project for photography class.
Last year we explored Khirki Village near Saket, the experience of which we captured in our post Discover Khirki Village – The Graffiti Hub of Delhi. This February, we were really excited to see on Facebook the surge of pics from St.Art Delhi‘s street art festival in Shahpur Jat. The desire to explore fresh street art increased our curiosity to the point that finally on a holiday we made it to Shahpur Jat in the early hours. There couldn’t be a better time of the year to go there!