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Visual Arts

Nevercrew in Varanasi

A powerful medium for beautifying spaces and creating awareness about one’s surroundings, walls provide people an opportunity to pause and reflect on what they see – leading to dialogues within the community, even a movement.

Nevercrew (c) Simone Cavadini

Which is why the street art duo Nevercrew, invited by NDTV Mojarto, is headed to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, with a view to creating a whole new ecosystem which will integrate art in everyday life.

With art interventions and installations made from waste, Nevercrew aims to bring up conversations around the global crisis of litter and pollution, and also to create spaces which are prized by local communities, who are engaged in dialogue and action around preserving their local spaces.

Inspired by Varanasi’s rich art and culture, Nevercrew aims to add a splash of colour and art to its public spaces, such as the world famous Ghats, visited by lakhs of people everyday. From late November to early December, Nevercrew will be working on a mural at Brahma Ghat in Varanasi.

Nevercrew consists of Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi, who have both attended the Art School in Lugano (Liceo Artistico C.S.I.A.). Afterwards they undertook painting with Professor Nicola Salvatore at Brera’s Art Academy in Milan (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera). Since 1996, they have worked together as an artistic duo approaching street art (then called only “graffiti”) with a mainly pictorial and narrative approach. In addition to painting, they sound branched out into different forms of expression including sculpture, graphics, illustration, photography and video, in their work that took over walls and areas in the south of Switzerland.

Cover image: repost @sadrniamona