Once again the Nuart Festivals exhibition returns to inside tunnels of ‘Tou Scene’… a large converted Victorian brewery landmark in Stavanger, Norway,for its 17th edition.
This year, saw 12 artists from 10 countries spanning 4 continents descending upon Stavanger, from 31st August to 3rd September 2017.
The theme for this year’s festival was ‘POWER’ – who has it, who doesn’t and how street art can challenge established mechanisms of control. The ‘real’ power of street art if you like, with a line-up leaning heavily towards activism and artivism as much as ‘street art’ per se:
Artists invited were Ampparito (ES), Bahia Shehab (EG), Carrie Reichardt (UK), flyingleaps presents Derek Mawudoku (UK), Ian Strange (AU), John Fekner (US), Know Hope (IS), ±maismenos± (PT), Igor Ponosov (RU), Ricky Lee Gordon (ZA), Slava Ptrk (RU), Vermibus (DE).
“The real power of “street art” is being played out daily on walls, buildings, shelters and city squares the world over. This year’s Nuart Festival will bring together a diverse combination of of artists, activists and academics to reflect upon the fluidity of this transgressive new movement. We believe that when you want to challenge the powerful, you must change the story…” Martyn Reed, Nuart Festival Founder and Director
“…It’s this DIY narrative embedded within street art practice that forms the bonding agent for stronger social cohesion between citizens from a multiplicity of cultures, as our lead artist Bahia Shehab will attest. It is this narrative that is acting as the catalytic agent towards street art becoming a vehicle capable of generating changes in politics as well as urban consciousness…” Martyn Reed
Site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions will be supplemented by Nuart Plus – the festival’s satellite program of academic and industry debates, artist presentations, film screenings, workshops, guided tours and more from Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September designed specifically to explore and silently challenge the mechanisms of power and politics in public space.