Earlier this year,Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP),an NGO that deals with human rights issues,launched a platform for art,called Art for Humanity. The idea was to organise an auction in March to raise funds for the work that CJP undertakes. However,the idea of the auction was dropped later and the group decided to hold an exhibition instead. The four-day exhibition will now open on April 6 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya,Mumbai.
Close to 80 artists are set to take part in the show. Among them are some of the countrys best-known names,including Akbar Padamsee,Atul Dodiya,Anjolie Ela Menon,Ram Kumar,Jitish Kallat,Anju Dodiya,Gulam Mohammed Sheikh,Gauri Gill,N Pushpamala and Pablo Bartholomew. The NGO was set up in April 2002 as the reaction of a group of Mumbai citizens to the violence in Gujarat. Ever since,the organisation which was founded by Vijay Tendulkar has been in the news for its work on Gujarat and other human rights issues.
The aim of Art for Humanity,therefore,is to further the cause of human rights,using art as a medium. It is a collaboration between artists,thinkers and activists towards promoting a culture of human rights and dignity, says Teesta Setalvad,Secretary,CJP,adding,The causes that the artists will represent are the ones they identify with. At the moment,the group will look to showcase contemporary Indian art,but in the next few years,perhaps art from other parts of South Asia,too.