Cities as Communicative Change Agents
Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler
5. From Margins to Mainstream: The Changing Street Art Scenario in Delhi: DEEPIKA JAUHARI, DARS, NEW DELHI, INDIA
5. From Margins to Mainstream: The Changing Street Art Scenario in Delhi
The chapter discusses how street art development is engaging the citizens and government agencies by conveying the message through it and fostering the future of street art concerning the upcoming urban (re)developments within the city of Delhi. Street art in urban areas is an effective visual communication medium and contributes to a sense of belonging, along with adding a unique character to the urban space. Street art that was earlier considered as an act of vandalism is now witnessed beyond the building facades and boundary walls, widely accepted and celebrated not only by the citizens but also by various government organizations, which are commissioning artists to work on the government buildings. These works of art not just aesthetical rejuvenate the urban space but also, in many cases, communicate the current urban, social, economic, political, environmental issues that plague the society and the city. Hence, I argue the intervention of the non-government organizations (NGOs) as “agents of change” in Delhi’s street art scenario.
Keywords: street art, vandalism, non-government organization, urban communication, visual communication, urban spaces, urban regeneration, public art master plan, Delhi, India
Art, in its various forms, instills different emotions, experiences, and expressions. It has brought about visible social change by being an essential part of the social movements over the years. In a way, art reflects culture and heritage. Through local...
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