In Light He Trusts!
Early Dec 2015, Marko 93, a French graffiti artist and light painter wrapped up his India tour that spanned 10 cities over 45 odd days – Delhi, Chandigarh, Calcutta, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Pune, Bombay, Trivandrum, Chennai and Pondicherry. This tour was organized by the Alliance Française de Bangalore for the Alliance Française India network.
Marko hails from District 93 – a historical, strongly working class suburb north of Paris. Marko embraced graffiti as his means of expression in the late 1980s – a time of city walls, wastelands and railways tracks. He painted and bombed there, revealing slices of the suburban life where he lived. Parisians, who normally look down on the suburb dwellers, are much intrigued by his use of the district identity in his name.
Marko’s art has taken him across the world and this was his 3rd visit to India. During the 2015 tour, he intervened on numerous walls across 10 cities, conducted “Monulight” events as well light painting shoots and workshops. An acclaimed street artist, Marko can paint with spray cans, brushes, rollers, brooms and cloth rags, almost anything you put in his hand. The strength of his work is in its visual impact; animals with gleaming eyes, created with paint and reflective tapes, are popular compositions of Marko. He very aptly titled the Indian series of his work “The Jungle Book”. One can simply scroll through his Instagram and Facebook albums to notice the peculiar Marko animals such as Dark-Cat and Mark-Vador join the rest of the Jungle animals across the country. In Bangalore he collaborated with a few local artists, mixing their different styles to create truly unique pieces. His use of a self-created style, calligraffiti, which mixes different forms of Arabic calligraphy with graffiti, can be seen across all of his works.
In Bangalore, Marko also created Light painting portraits with people who have influenced the cultural DNA of the city. Similarly he took light painting photos of local artists in Calcutta in front of the iconic Howrah Bridge. In Bombay, he created a massive “Monulight” Dove as a part of the Celebrate Bandra festival. Speaking about Light Painting, Marko says that his goal is “to propagate and to share light in an artistic form. To show the accessibility of the art of light painting. To be able to work with numerous people on a single work of light-art, reveal the invisible and express feelings/sentiments through light in the street in the night.” He adds how he is especially always touched by the reaction of the people: wonder in the eyes of the public that is witnessing (spectators) as well as in the eyes of those who are creating with light. The photos from Marko 93’s India Tour can be found on the AF Magazine India Facebook page.