EVENT Malls and stores become venues as Publica, the public arts festival, opens

Publica, the public art festival organised by Floodlight Foundation, is taking the initiative to bring large-scale art installations into the public sphere in order to build art awareness and appreciation among the general public who do not always visit galleries and museums. Built around the theme of “The Spectacle”, the enterprise led by Surbhi Modi, a Delhi-based arts enthusiast and creative entrepreneur, is aimed at triggering a genuine conversation around the arts.

For the duration of the festival, the HoHo buses run by Delhi Tourism and UMTC (Urban Mass Transit Company) will cover the Publica venues — India Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road, Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg, Select City Walk in Saket, Garden of Five Senses in Mehrauli, and the Carma Store in Mehrauli.

Artists on board include international names such as Jeremy Hutchison, Saad Qureshi and the Lake Twins, while the Indian artists are Nandan Ghiya, Shweta Bhattad, Sukanya Ghosh, Sandip Pisalkar, Sheeba Dhanjal, Mangesh Rajguru, S. Thiru, Vikrant Sharma and Israeli-born Achia Anzi.

As the festival proceeds, different venues will keep opening. For instance, DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj; Great India Place mall in Noida; the MGF Metropolitan mall in Gurgaon, and the Olive Bar and Kitchen in Mehrauli. Other venues that will soon open up are the Indira Gandhi International Airport, and the Delhi Metro station at Central Secretariat.