November 19, 2015 4:58:37 am
While one side had a bunch of guitarists strumming their instruments, the other side had a number of artists holding their respective artworks – from figuratives to abstracts to clicked photographs. In July last year, when Delhi-based group Artist At Work (AAW) Productions organised an event named Art Mob on the streets of the capital, the entire Dilli Haat, INA and Hauz Khas Village had come alive.
Now, for the first time, the group is bringing the Art Mob concept to the city, wherein artists will showcase their works in the midst of crowds on the streets alongside percussionists playing live.
The Pune edition of Art Mob will witness participation of over 40 artists, including painters and photographers and 12 musicians. The event will be held on November 21 at North Main Road, Koregaon Park at 4 pm.
Nayanika Chatterjee, who is managing the event in the city, says the concept is the brainchild of Delhi-based Rahul Maheshwari and was born of his idea of “getting out art from the art galleries and concerts”, bring it to local people and make art people-centric. “Visually, it will mimic an exhibition and concert, but there will be no walls which separate art from people. Artists will be acting as the wall holding their art work. Here, the artists will be showcasing their work right in the midst of the crowd, on the roads of Pune along with a symphony of percussions. We want to break the wall between art and people. The purpose is to reach people from every walk of life, when they are not reaching to the galleries,” says Chatterjee.
According to Chatterjee, the group had earlier planned to take Art Mob from FC Road to MG Road, but since it seemed inconvenient, it was decided to hold the event on North Main Road, opposite High Spirits.
The concept has been embraced only by the young artistes who fall in the age bracket of 25 to 29, she says. “We had approached a number of senior artistes too, but they weren’t very keen,” Chatterjee says, adding that other than Delhi, the concept has travelled to Mumbai too in the past and aims to reach Kolkata soon.
Vishwajeet Kumar, one of the artistes who is participating in the upcoming event, has been a full-time painter since 2002. Primarily into figurative art, Kumar has showcased his works in the past in a solo exhibition at city-based Art2Day and in a group exhibition in Patna.
Talking about what attracted him to the concept of Art Mob, he says, “When other performing arts are performed live, such as music and dance, the artist interacts with the artiste in a unique way. When visual art comes to the street, even a common man, who has never been to a gallery, gets to experience it. It will create a different energy. My work might just inspire someone to dig into their hidden talent.”
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