Art23 Art Trail - Featuring Jiro Osuga
Now in its 15th year, Streatham Festival is an accessible arts festival celebrating local talent, presenting a mix of emerging and well-established artists and encouraging the imaginative use of the different venues across Streatham that characterise the area. For the duration of the festival the High Road will become an inside/outside art gallery showing a variety of art, utilising shop windows, local spaces, and eatery walls, kindly donated for the weekend by local businesses. Taking place 7th - 17th July, Jiro Osuga will exhibit twelve life-sized self-portraits dotted around Streatham High Road. People following the Art23 art trail will meet this mysterious character again and again in different places, and are invited to wonder who he is, perhaps bringing them to the realisation that every face you meet in in a crowd is in fact a mystery. The installation is titled The Man of the Crowd after a story by Edgar Allan Poe in which a man follows a mysterious stranger around the nocturnal streets of London.