All photos by Bismillah Geelani. Hear/read his accompanying radio report.
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A view of the Delhi Street Art Festival site, Asia’s largest dry port.
An astronaut, painted across several stacked shipping containers, stares into space.
A representation of a traditional Indian art form, the Gond Art, by Rakesh Kumar.
A mural on an abandoned cement plant inspired by and dedicated to rag pickers.
A wall painted with what the artist Daku calls “pollution ink.”
Calligraffiti on shipping containers.
Portrait of Iranian activist Farough Farukhzad by Iranian artist, Nafir.
An Indian goddess riding a dragon.
With this painting of Mysore Palace, Spanish artist Borondo tries to create what he describes as an alchemy of royalty and misery emphasizing the state of homelessness and widespread poverty.
Another portrait of Farough Farukhzad by Nafir.
The interiors of what Harsh Raman calls the temple of street art.
A view of the Delhi Street Art Festival site from outside.
Mexican artist Senkoe sees birds as a symbol of diversity, identity and freedom.
Japanese artist Suiko’s imagination of India’s national flower, the lotus, with his signature curved lines and Japanese characters. (Photo: Bismillah Geelani)
Indian artist Anpu’s depiction of motion through Lava Tree.
Amitabh Kumar’s mural named “Dead Dahlias” offers last glimpses of the city Delhi, which the artist believes is crumbling apart.
Depiction of traditional South Indian dance form Kathakali by Harsh Raman. (Photo: Bismillah Geelani)
Gaia at work on the containers.
Australian artist Reko Rennie used geometric patterns that represent his community the Kamilaroi, to create this piece called “Original Aboriginal”.
“We Love Delhi” – a wall jointly painted by Indian and foreign artists.
A colorful meteorite with an astronaut sitting on top of the wall, used as metaphor for someone who can see things from a different perspective.
Harsh Raman’s imagination of the god of street art.
The woman looking left in this mural by Nafir symbolizes her rebellion against patriarchal concept of womanhood.
Spanish artist Borondo interprets the concept of life and birth with this abstract mural.
This mural by Dwa Zeta from Poland stresses the need for women’s safety in Delhi. (Photo: Bismillah Geelani)
Calligraffiti – a combination of calligraphy and graffiti – by Niels Shoe Meulman from the Netherlands.
A mural alluding to the impacts of vehicular pollution.
Calligraffiti representation of the Delhi traffic.
Gaia’s mural on global warming. (Photo: Bismillah Geelani)
This mural called Vishvaroopa from Inkbrushnme is based on Indian mythology and depicts an all encompassing Omni form of Hindu god, Vishnu. (Photo: Bismillah Geelani)
“The revolution will be painted” underscores the rebellious currents that have always run through the graffiti art movement.