St+art India Foundation is a group of artists who work in cities around India. They zero in on an area in the city and through painting and sculpture in the streets and spaces, transform it, bring more people to it, and in a way, reveal a different side of it.
They have invited 30 artists from around the world to create in and liven up the spaces in Sassoon Docks, one of the oldest docks in Mumbai. It is 142 years old. This is where the fish market in Mumbai is located.
Take a look at some of the amazing work that is waiting for you to go explore and experience it! The works will be there until Dec 30 so grab your friends and go check out an area that you have probably never been to before!
This is an impression that one of our readers sent in…
The Sassoon Dock Art Project is an experiential and sensory exhibition of photographs, paintings, murals and installations. Several Indian & international artists came together at one of the disused warehouses to rejuvenate an area that reflects one of the critical aspects of the city – the fishing community at Sassoon Dock – the oldest and busiest dock in the city.
The multiple exhibits touched upon our relationship with the water, the lives of the fishing communities, mythological characters associated with the seas, sights & smells of the area, etc. Set in the heart of the fishing community, and using the space as a canvas, it was a celebration as well as eye-opener of the activities that surround the space.
The installation of larger-than-life portraits of the fisherfolk of Sassoon Dock along the entire façade of the building, brought to the forefront the real inhabitants and users of the precinct. Large cut-outs of words of day-to-day activities and objects associated with smell (the sense that is most closely associated with fishing), attached to fishing nets consuming one entire unit of the warehouse, made us realise how the sense of sight can trigger the sense of smell.
One of the very powerful installations was that of ocean plastic. 500kgs of plastic items that are very often found floating in the ocean were collected and suspended from the ceiling –walking under this was overwhelming.
Installations and stories of mythological characters and films and posters (in Bollywood style) about the lives and hardships of the fishing community made for other interesting exhibits, too.
To dive into an area that we all have heard of, but never entered, was a revelation of the reality (fishing, buying, selling, transporting was all continuing all around the exhibition) and how art can be brought to the public in very ‘public’ spaces.
Contributed by: Shona Jain, Architect