Reason to visit #1: Street Art- A different encounter with Art
Wikipedia says Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in a community on its surrounding buildings, streets, and other publicly viewed surfaces. Many instances come in the form of guerrilla art, which is composed to make a public statement about the society that the artist lives within. The work has moved from the beginnings of graffiti and vandalism to new modes where artists work to bring messages, or just simple beauty, to an audience.
When I think of street art, images of graffiti on the walls of New York or other American cities pop up in my head. I rarely saw that sort of art in India until a few years ago. Somewhere our rich heritage for murals, indigenous wall art and many other forms of art used for public spaces, perished.
It is great to see the street art culture growing and I do hope more of our Indian ethos find its way into it rather than mirroring the western expression.
Reason to visit #2: check out a St+art India Foundation festival
St+art India Foundation aims to make our streets more interactive through the medium of urban art festivals across India. The Sassoon Dock Art Project is the 2nd edition of the St+art Mumbai festival. It also has a few installations outside of Sassoon dock like Mahatma Gandhi’s giant artwork at Churchgate station, in south Mumbai. Over the past 3 years, the foundation has organized 6 St+art festivals and numerous public art projects in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. Each new edition of festivals and public art districts asks for us to reimagine our idea of public spaces and uses the streets as a canvas.
Reason to visit #3: Our top picks from the Sassoon Dock Art Project
Sassoon Dock Art Project is an Urban Contemporary Art Exhibition featuring 30 Indian and International Artists for 50 days through site specific installations, murals and audio-visual experiences. Here are Yellow Periscopes top picks from the Sassoon Dock Art Show – the installations that held our attention, made us contemplate and left us impressed.
Reason to visit #4: Art is for all. Observe how the familiar becomes outstanding
Art need not be only about visiting galleries or understanding the finer nuances of an artist’s creation. Street Art is out there, in your face, whether you like it or not. It grabs hold of a place and turns into something that suddenly claims your attention.
Street Art is an opportunity to pause and experience our public places instead of passing them unnoticed every day.
Reason to visit #5: Sights, Sounds and Smells of a fishing village
Built in 1875 and situated off Cuffe Parade in South Mumbai, Sassoon Docks is one of the oldest docks in Mumbai. It was the first commercial wet dock in western India that helped establish the cotton trade. It played a prime role in encouraging the Bombay Presidency to promote the construction of the large Prince’s Dock during the dawn of the industrial revolution in the city.
The Sassoon Dock Art Project is on from 11.11.17 to 30.12.17. Thursdays to Sundays from 12pm to 10pm. Entry is free.