Street art in Bengaluru has become a form of expression whether it is a social message or simply a manifestation of creativity.
One of the gender inclusive art work in the city has been done by Aravani Art Project, a collective movement working to enable the transgender community through visual arts, socially inclusive experiments and magic. “We are a collective and we have a particular style that we have developed since 2016. Our style is distinct and easily recognizable and is the way it is because we wanted it to be approachable and achievable for people from the transgender community and others to be able to paint it without inhibitions,” says a spokesperson.
Writing on the Wall
Artist Anpu Varkey has done a couple of projects in the last year in Bangalore, one was with an organization called Daksh, celebrating the 70 years of the republic. “The values of the constitution was highlighted, for this I looked at old postage stamps from India and the Soviet era. Making this work easily understandable to a passerby was an important aspect to it, hence it had text which were both in Kannada and English. I work around an environment, a location, a street; it’s situational and I adapt to the functionality of the wall, where it’s placed and who is the viewer. I’m always looking to make a work that has a large universal connect, something that translates emotionally. I reinvent my style and it constantly transgresses with each work; the quotient of what to paint where becomes more relevant, rather than a repeat mode.”
The Artemist, commissions graffiti’s for different projects, the style totally depends on the theme of the project and client requirements. “While our studio artists have a realistic graffiti style, they tweak their styles depending on the project. For instance, we did a graffiti for an International design school where the artwork was designed by their students. So our team along with some of their students executed the typography based graffiti. We collaborated with the team of Missing Girls to create a large wall mural for an awareness campaign drive for women trafficking in India. Here we worked on an abstract theme with monochrome colours. Another example is where a talented bunch of artists painted with the special needs children to create a beautiful entrance to their school and café. That being said, we have done graffiti’s for interior spaces too, from a child’s nursery to a corporate meeting room, it has been a diverse and fulfilling,” says Aradhana Dalmia, Founder, The Artemist, an art consultancy firm. Street art is a form of expression that brings out both creativity and talent.