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Early this year, artists from India and abroad had taken to the streets of Chennai, making the city walls their canvas. After the success of Conquer the Concrete, Goethe Institut Chennai is now planning a second edition—but this time, as a two-day open street art workshop. Led by Madrid-based art curator and street artist, Georg Zolchow, it will give 15 participants practical inputs on techniques of street art like spray painting, wheat-pasting and stencilling.
“Street art makes a direct connection with the specific context of a city and its culture,” says Zolchow, who will be joined by others like Chennai-based artist Parvathi Nayar, Bengaluru-based illustrator Shilo Shiv Suleman, and Guess Who, the anonymous collective whose street art at the recent Kochi Biennale had grabbed headlines. “Through the workshop we will give upcoming artists learning opportunities to empower them to use public spaces. We will also cover the historic context of public art, work with different strategies, and have sessions on different techniques with artists from India and Germany,” he adds.
Stressing that street art is an effective tool to bring attention to social evils, he says the only question is whether it’s better to communicate with direct messages “or if an artist has to find a subtle way to do so.” Working with stencils, paste-ups, tape, emulsion and spray paint, the artists will also do artworks with the students on several walls.
September 12-13, at Spaces. Registrations close tomorrow. To register, write to che-praktikant1@chennai.goethe.org, with a note explaining your interest to join the workshop.
—P Peter

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