“Paste it” is a long term project founded by Leon as a way to reach community in different places around Bahrain. As the local art scene being mesmerized by graffiti and started to accept it as a form of art, there is still a lot of street art than spray-painted murals. “Paste it” was created to promote the medium of paper as a part of the urban art scene and to encourage artists, emerged or established to experiment with paper and wheat paste as a medium to exhibit their work. Though the general feel might be raw and subtle, the possibilities were endless.
Artists & Locations
The team was formed by creative individuals, each has his/ her own distinct style. Through few casual gatherings each artist suggested spots around Bahrain to paste around and shared with others the type of work they will be pasting. “paste it” family consists of photographers, illustrators, designers, architects, a filmmaker, a musician, and a poet. The work ended up having various contents from lyrics and poems to portraits and illustrations. Locations were scattered around the island and it hit walls, construction boards and even electricity boxes. The idea was spreading art like a virus and bringing it closers to people passing by everyday away from high-end galleries.
By the end of the first year each artists have pasted at least one solo work and participated in a collage-like mural by different artists, all made by printed work on paper.
The project didn’t end up with pasted work. We were aiming to reach out to as much people as we can, so we put together an exhibition that documented the project and the adventurous stories behind the artists work. We wanted to take the visitors in a journey into the world of paper and its possibilities, how this light medium could take a spatial form and create a massive volume, how it is economic, affordable and user-friendly, and how it could exhibit various work of art such as pictures, digital painting, manual illustrations and even text. The exhibition also exhibited a series of documentary photography and screened short clips of the artists work process on various locations.
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