What some call an act of vandalism, others call street art. Where some see hooligans, others see reactionary artists and activists trying to convey their messages directly to the society, bypassing galleries and ignoring special institutions, especially those run by the government. That is exactly where the relationship between art and the public appears: street art is a form of public art, and it needs a different level of engagement with the community. Urban art becomes an especially demonstrative phenomenon in the countries suffering acute social, religious, economic problems, issues of censorship and suppressing of the freedom of speech and expression: the act of taking contemporary art out to the streets indicates the rise of social activity of the society, which is the highest, the most humane level of resistance.
Although India has a long tradition of hand painting, modern graffiti art had been a rarity there. Until recently. Today, Indian cities have their walls covered in some of the most colorful and imaginative murals in the world. At the same time, street art is still underappreciated in India and is presented mostly in the form of political graffiti and advertising. And in the light of the running of the third Street Art Festival in India (and the second one in Delhi) that lasts from Dec.15 till Feb. 16 and turns the city into an enormous extraordinary outdoor gallery, we want to introduce you to a quartet of the most outstanding Indian street artists.1 comment