Street art pioneer John Fekner was back in Stavanger after his piece “Broken Promises” (Nuart 2014), which –in turn- was originally stencilled in 1980 on a decaying building in New York to highlight the inadequate housing and poor services afflicting the South Bronx.
Moscow-based Slava Ptrk has taken part in the 17th edition of Nuart Festival with two outdoor murals, both stenciled and yet completely different from each other. First of all, Slava Ptrk painted “Poppies” on the side of the hotel Havly in downtown Stavanger.
Art activist Vermibus took part in Nuart Festival by interpreting this year’s theme –Power in the Public Sphere- with his interventions through the city of Stavanger, to question who has the power and authority to communicate messages in public spaces.
Besides contributing to the all-time Nuart classic ‘Aftenblad Wall’ (a large-scale billboard that has been taken over by different artists in the past years), the Australian Ian Strange left his posters of suburban homes with some bizarre twist all around the city of Stavanger.
The contribution of Addam Yekutieli, aka Know Hope, to this year’s theme of Nuart Festival (Power in the Public Sphere) consisted in bringing us directly to the emotional core of the matter by addressing complex, current issues through the familiar emotions that we all recognize –specifically: heartbreaks.
Overlooking the quiet water of Stavanger’s bay there is a quote (How big is the idea, How small is the state), which has just appeared at the docks. It’s from a poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and it was painted during Nuart 2017 by the Egyptian activist and artist Bahia Shehab: