‘I’m truly happy to finally meet all our artists in person and to judge from the response to our wall releases there’s a huge audience, I am looking forward to seeing the participating artists’ WIP and final results. With these amazing artists bringing a multitude of different styles with truly epic walls and spots I guess it could be nothing else but a success this year’, says curator Shai Dahan.
No Limit 2015 edition offers everything from large scale murals, small wooden sculptures , stencil art to chalk paint. The festival of 2014 got a lot of media coverage both in national and international online and printed media. No Limit Street Art Borås is now also part of Google Cultural Institute.
No Limit is arranged as a cooperation between BoråsBorås TME AB and the Department for Culture, the municipality of Borås and is partly funded by Västra Götalandsregionen.
Photographer Henrik Haven, based in Copenhagen, Denmark spent a week in Borås to cover and document the festival.
Our friend Strangefruit also photographed the event and discussed with founder Shai Dahan about the Festival. Check it out!
Curiot – Photo by Henrik Haven
Did you know that David Zinns’ tiny characters all have non-gender specific names so that they doesn’t fall in love when they meet.
Curator Shai Dahan who originally comes from the U.S.A. and grew up with the graffiti scene in LA and the street art scene in New York moved to Borås in Sweden four years ago. He was shocked by the fact that there where no murals there and started to do illegal paste-ups with his version of dala-horses (traditional Swedish wooden horse) and things like that.
It ended up in the newspapers where they wondered what it was and he reached out and said it was his work. Then the art museum that put on the “The Sculpture Biennial” festival every second year invited him to be participant there in 2012.
So he did an outdoor mural with two running horses which was then the very first mural that this city has ever seen. When he did the mural the local paper asked him “What’s your dream for street art in Sweden or for Borås?”
”I kind of half candidly joked that it would be awesome to invite my friends from LA and New York and other talented artists from around the world to come into this small town and turn it into an outdoor gallery” he says.
”To be honest when I said that, I didn’t even think that it’s a possibility, I just half joked about it. But it wasn’t long before the municipality contacted me and said “This sounds great, how do we make that happen?”. I said, I don’t know. I never done that before, I’m an artist first and foremost.
So it took us about 18 months of hard work and planning. Working along with the permit people and the building owners, when we finally launched the very first festival in 2014. 2014 was such a success that they asked me if I wanted to do it again. Originally it was just supposed to be a one off thing.
Last year due to the budget restrictions we could only invite people from Europe. Now they kind of opened it up and said, let’s go nuts. So I was able to bring Logan and Tristan from the US and Daleast all the way from South Africa.
So No Limit was born really as a joke, but I’m really happy it happened.
The plan now is to do it every other year. The sculpture biennial will follow the off years and it’s also give’s us a break, the festival is a twelve month project.” – Interview by Strangefruit
INTI has left his characteristic clown-face in search for a new expression and he has also left spray-cans for rollers. But the boy still have the characteristic spade.
Pichavio’s statue depicted on their wall is the greek good Leto breast-feeding her children Apollo and Diana by William Henry Rinehart (1874) at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY.
Tristan Eaton at work – Photo by Henrik Haven