Monday, 6 February 2012

FDI,carbon footprint concerns rule at fest

Mumbai: A maze of mineral water bottles to measure the Mumbaikars carbon footprint and a performance artist drawing on Rampart Rows paver blocks with chalk,the citys largest canvas Kala Ghoda came alive with different strokes during the 14th edition of The Times of India Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
Orissa sculptor Sukant Panigrahi has created a horse from recycled scrap metal,cycle tyres,plastic and paper as an ode to the invisible horse presiding over the heritage art precinct while Brinda Miller and Arzan Khambatta built a labyrinth of discarded plastic water bottles to simulate the suffocation of a world that has little regard for the environment.
Artists Prakash Bal Joshi and Amisha Mehta designed a hanging man to symbolise the plight of the neighbourhood kirana store owner following the entry of foreign direct investment in retail.Few people have thought about what FDI in retail will do to the average kirana store owner.We wanted to make people think about it, says Joshi,as a teenage girl posed for a photograph under the installation.
Visitors thronged most of these art installations,each embodying a different message,and posed for trigger-happy friends.Thats the idea,to keep the installations as interactive as they can be.I tell the artists that they should be prepared for people who touch their work, says Brinda Miller,curator of the visual arts section at the TOI-KGAF.
The broad theme binding these varied images this year,Miller says,is Let there be light.This year,the visual arts section has also drawn performance artists.There are several live performances this year.Theres Meenal Jain with 3 Live Tableaus and Amsterdam-based artist Monali Meher who will be lying on the ground,making an outline of her body with chalk and painting and drawing on the road around her, she says.
The one performance to look out for,says Miller,is American 3D street chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum.Im not sure what exactly shes going to do either,but I can say it will be terribly exciting, she says.

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