Press Release: PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES : HERA

 

 Productions – Produced and run by Nuart Festival @nuartfestival

All photographs – Brian Tallman @bktallman

All press inquiries – please contact Martyn Reed :          martyn@nuartfestival.no | +47 977 64651

Martyn Reed, Founder and Director of Nuart explains where the idea originated:  

“It was born from my first trip to London from Leeds in the early 80’s. I was arriving at a run-down coach station which stunk of wee, broken lights and poverty. All my dreams of “London” were destroyed in 5 minutes. This stayed with me, and it’s only recently that cities are recognising that these areas can be important destinations themselves.

When you marry this to the statement from Banksy which is also an inspiration “if you genuinely want people to see your work, if you have something to say, the last place you should be putting your work, is in a gallery, no one goes to them”. With this in mind…”

… Nuart has just produced two projects, one at The Stavanger train station and the other at Sola International Airport.

Along platform 1 at the Stavanger train station, a 100-meter-long mural from Hera from former international street art stars Herakut (DE) in association with Bane Nor. Platform 1 will be seen by 2,3 million people a year.

Secondly, at the arrivals and departure lounge, airside, at the Stavanger International Airport, Sola. A 40-meter x 10-meter wall that spans the length of the arrivals hall and is visible from the “sky bridge” as you pass through security. With support from Avinor. The Arrivals and Departure area will be seen by 3,6 million a year. It’s fair to say that it is slightly more than your average gallery audience.

 

In Partnership with Bane Nor @banenor

ARTIST : HERA  @hera_herakut

TITLE : We all are Birds of Migration. Some With Feathers, Some Without.

ARTIST STATEMENT :

We all are Birds of Migration. Some With Feathers, Some Without.

– Hera of Herakut

 

We all exist today, because our ancestors at some point either freely migrated to greener pastures, more fertile grounds, greater resources and safer living conditions, or were forcibly moved from one place to another at some point at some point in history. Not even the most nationalist nationalist can deny the factual reality: humans still exist today because they migrated, they moved themselves, their families, their genes across lands, seas, continents.

 My mural is a tribute to those travellers, nomads, explorers, survivors. With her backpack, my human protagonist could well just be someone daily commuting from her home to her place of education or place of work. Some could argue that this does not count as an act of migration. But doesn’t it? Do students not leave their home, travel for miles and miles, to make more of themselves? Do commuters not leave their homes and families in order to make a living, provide their existence? Does that not resemble the same idea? I think it does.

There are some voices in society who demand that everyone stay in their place of origin, basically to stay where they were born, “where they have come from“. Some even expect not just people but wildlife, animals, to also forever stay within certain assigned areas and away from others, to never cross fences, respect stop-signs and borderlines. What an unnatural thought to have.

I wonder, if these people, who so keenly demand everyone and every being to stay put in their respective place of origin, were truly willing to apply those same rules to themselves and their loved ones? Well, would these people then still need train lines, buses, airplanes? Would they allow bikes, any means of transport? Did they think this through?

I wholeheartedly wish people realised how insanely absurd they sound when opposing the most natural, most intrinsic urge of life itself: the freedom of movement. It is life itself.

 

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY :

HERA (Jasmin Siddiqui, *1981) is a Frankfurt-born German-Pakistani painter with artistic roots in the graffiti and street art genre. She has been travelling the world since 2001 painting large-scale murals, solo or as part of the duo HERAKUT. The biggest outdoor pieces are located in Sao Paulo, Miami, Moscow, Reykjavik, Melbourne, Berlin, Kampala and Washington DC. Besides the mural work, her artwork has been displayed in museum exhibitions such as the Rogaland Kunstmuseum in Stavanger, Norway, in 2007, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, 2015, the Urban Nations Museum in Berlin in 2018, and the STRAAT Museum in Amsterdam in 2022.

In December 2022 Hera was part of “Artists for Human Rights“, the first ever street art exhibition inside the European Parliament in Brussels. In 2023 she has worked for the United Nations funded project “Streetart for Mankind“ creating #GenerationEqualityMurals. This is in line with Hera´s continuous effort to utilise street art for humanitarian causes. In the past she has collaborated with various humanitarian aid organisations, such as Unicef or The Global Fund, Save the Children and Viva Con Agua and more on art programs and workshops focusing on children and underprivileged youth.

Hera´s work has been featured in numerous books, starting with “Graffiti Woman” (2006),  “Mural Art” (2008), “Beyond the Street” (2010), “Graffiti Alphabets” (2011), “Mural Masters” (2018), “Alter Ego” (2019), and “Street Art Guide Berlin” (2020), „Streetart is Female“ (2022), apart of her own books: “Herakut – The Perfect Merge” (2008) and After The Laughter – The 2nd book of Herakut” (2012).