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The News Minute | December 9, 2014 | 06:11 pm IST Sauntering through the streets of Fort Kochi, one may happen to chance upon Colonel Sanders of the KFC logo wearing a 'mundu' and making mini dosas, or a Mona-lisa carrying a pot on her head. Then there is the trinity of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson playing sitars- in an avatar which has a close resemblance to the region, all adding an eccentric charm to the air. There's Prem Nazirr too, the Malayalam super star, albeit donning the role of the famous 007 agent. Of course, one doesn't get to see them in person, but on the walls as graffiti; though the walls come alive in a surreal way. Each graffiti has a standard logo as a part of it- Guess Who. Since the artist is anonymous, the name could have various interpretations. The person could be a he, she or even they. It could be an idea, or even a thought. Since its inception in 2012, Guess Who surfaces each year during the Biennale, adding its own touch to the each season. Guess Who however doesn't fit into any specific genre or theme, and may be there lies its appeal. Guess Who, in an email conversation with The News Minute, spoke about art and how we perceive it here in the largest democracy, all the while making it clear that it is the artist's art that should do the talking. We decided to do just that. 'Whether adored or abhorred any contemporary art form should provoke some passionate debate. That essentially should be the basic quality.' 'I would like to believe Banksy as a school of thought, rather than an artist.' 'Contemporary art, Mainstream and otherwise, is something that has not many followers in our society. Mainstream art is something that requires a lot of background knowledge and understanding to be able to appreciate and enjoy. That is a long process. can't happen in a day or two.' 'We are still happy about celebrating our old art forms and stay ignorant about any development in arts else where in the world.' 'I know we live in a society of voyeuristic nature. and people do want to know more about the artist than the art. But that gives more reasons to stay anonymous.' 'An artist never limits herself/himself to one medium. To express certain ideas and thoughts they use one medium another one for something else that suits better.' 'There's nothing called good art and bad art. it's a medium of expression and debate.' You can view Guess Who's creation on the Facebook Page: Guesswho Also read: Street Art: The kind of art which brings with it a purpose to life