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Art in the city

Art in the city
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First Published: Tue, Dec 29 2009. 08 33 PM IST

Mumbai as captured by photographer Cyrus Dastur.
Mumbai as captured by photographer Cyrus Dastur.
Updated: Tue, Dec 29 2009. 08 33 PM IST
Five young artists, five city landmarks, five works of art. In the run-up to the 6th Mumbai Festival, five artists will create on-the-site installations at Haji Ali Dargah, Crawford Market, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Leopold Café and Bandra Bandstand from 3-9 January.
Mumbai as captured by photographer Cyrus Dastur.
The project, titled [En]counters: Talking Sites in the City of Extremes, will see young artists—Bidyut Singha, M.S.C. Satya Sai, Neil Dantas, Pradeep Mishra and Uday Shanbhag—create installations that include open cages, love seats, speaking metal detectors and walking portraits of commuters.
While the artists work on interpreting the sites, next to them will be educators—Marie Fernandes, Jeroo Mulla, Ruby Maloni, Usha Raman and Varsha Shirgaonkar—giving lectures on understanding art in the context of social discourse. The artworks will also be on display at The Viewing Room gallery at Colaba from 5-14 February.
“Creating a platform for young artists to display their talent is part of the festival’s agenda and hence this unique art in the city project,” says Alan Tweedie, CEO of the festival.
The Mumbai Festival was started in 2005 to foster a sense of community. And engaging the common man with art has been one way in which the festival has tried to build a community spirit. However, till last year, the festival focused only on south Mumbai locations. But the organizers intend to change this. “This time we’re going to take Mumbai Festival to several suburban locations. And the suburb for which we have many activities planned is Borivali,” says Tweedie.
Mumbai as captured by photographer Cyrus Dastur.
The main theme of the festival this time is developing a culture of peace and all the works and events that are part of the festival will reflect this. In this context, the festival is organizing a forum discussion where geographer and author Derek Gregory will talk about the representation of war in paintings. The forum, If the World could Speak!, also includes speakers such as Vishakha N. Desai, the president of the Asia Society, and journalist Aloke Thakore.
While Tweedie is reluctant to divulge more information about the events lined up for the main festival to be held in February, he adds that Canada, Australia and Bangladesh will contribute to the festival with their art forms and culture.
[En]counters: Talking Sites in the City of Extremes will be on from 3-9 January at Haji Ali Dargah, Crawford Market, CST station, Leopold Café and Bandra Bandstand.
If the World could Speak! will be held on 8 and 9 January from 9.30am-5.30pm at Convocation Hall, Mumbai University, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg, Fort.
The 6th Mumbai Festival will be on from 11-21 February at several locations in Mumbai.
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First Published: Tue, Dec 29 2009. 08 33 PM IST