Lodhi Art District

The tranquil Lodhi colony, built by the British around 1940 for soldiers stationed in Delhi, and now used as a housing area for middle-ranked government employees, has been transformed into a public gallery.  It’s a spectacular sight.

More than 25 artists from India and around the world – the US, Iran, Switzerland, Cambodia, Japan, Mexico, among others – used the two story high walls as their canvases. It took the dedicated crew of St+Art Delhi nine month to get all the necessary permits. And even after that people opposed some painting or the other because maybe black paint was used, which is considered inauspicious.

More often than not, the artists interacted with the locals or the location and developed their work from there. The German Hendrik Beikirch for example painted a woman he met in the nearby railway colony. Dwa Zeta from Poland created abstract forms which refer to the flow of Delhi’s streets. And the Spaniard Borondo  interprets the concept of life and birth in his river – opposite a maternity hospital.

More typical Indian themes can also be found on the walls. The lotus, India’s national flower, features prominently in the signature of Suiko. And Indian art traditions and styles like Gond Folk art were also used.

More here: http://www.st-artindia.org/

 

Lodhi Art District – “2 Hands Unterwater” from Doreen Fiedler on Vimeo.

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  1. wenzel wolf

     /  March 5, 2016

    hey, mal wieder voll schön einzutauchen in diese mir fremde kultur. liebe grüße aus b nach d.

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  2. Hallo Doreen. CU @twitter – wenn man es will, dann geht es anders. #6Mai #immerstab Wenn Du danach sichst, dann findest Du echte Einhörner.

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