Date(s) - 06/11/2015 - 10/11/2015
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
URBAN ART: Marko 93 India Tour
All day | 7th to 11th of November | Bangalore City
Marko 93, French graffiti artist and light painter will be touring India throughout the month of November. During the week of 7-11 November, Marko 93 will collaborate with numerous local artists across the city to create unique works of art. He will be creating light painting videos and photos during this period, along with works of graffiti.
– 7th of Nov, 10.00 am : Light painting workshop at the Alliance française. LIMITED SEATS
– 8th of Nov, 2.00 pm onwards : Live painting at Rangoli Metro Art Centre (with the support & encouragement of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.) Marko 93 will be creating a mural with local artists at RMAC.
– 9th & 10th of Nov, afternoon : Live painting in town
– 11th of Nov, 9.00 pm onwards : Special intervention at The Humming Tree
During his week long stay in the city Marko 93 will also be working on a light painting video that will highlight the iconic spaces of Bangalore.
About : Marko 93 grew up in Saint-Denis, a historical, strongly working class suburb North of Paris. It was here where he laid down his first strokes. In the late 1980s, the Hip Hop movement emerged onto the scene and rapidly laid roots in big cities and suburbs. Marko embraced graffiti as his means of expression. It was the time of city walls, wastelands and railways tracks. Marko 93 painted and bombed there, revealing slices of the suburban life where he lived. Big letters entangled, realistic scenes, caricatures or free-style pieces, he was learning to master all the techniques of the urban art form.
Originally influenced by the American styles, he soon formed his own identity with the discovery of Arabic calligraphy which he took over and reinvented in the early 1990s. With “calligraphism”, the “calame” (an Arabic word referring to the reed cut out to write) became the signature bomb which Marko 93 adapted. His gesture, always large and accurate became more vigorous. This abstract style blending calligraphy and an urbanesque flavor with his spontaneity elevated him as a key player on the graffiti scene.
As street art entered into art galleries in the late 1990s, Marko was travelling the world. He was discovering new pictorial and human horizons. He began to paint human bodies. His complex and ethereal calligraphies covered the dancers’ bodies in night-clubs from Rio to Hong-Kong.
The early 2000s were a turning point. He was becoming as assertive as his art. Marko started experimenting with state-of-the-art technologies, making his the effects of retinal persistence. He reinvented, enhanced and popularized the light-painting process touched upon by Man Ray and Picasso. He built his first light paintings with gestures, colors and light. He also developed the first “instant-live” – real-time-video-, a unique technique to paint the space live. This allowed him to perform in places as eclectic as the palace of the Arab Emirates princess, a live show in Bombay and the famous World Auto show. Today, Marko93 performs all over the world. He spreads his unique aesthetics and his enlightening sensitivity all over, from in situ performances to collaborations, mural paintings, light-painting videos and workshops – through institutional or private orders.
In 2011, he created a group performance: the “Monulight”, a monumental light-painting. He performed on the forecourt of the Saint-Denis basilica. About 150 people holding lamps made up a 450-square -meter crown on the ground : all the kings of France are buried there – but on that day the kings were on the streets!
WE were and still are on the streets!