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Art gallery invites public to paint walls

The idea is to allow patrons to express themselves without inhibitions through art.

art and culture Updated: Aug 05, 2010 13:32 IST
Shweta Mehta

Here’s an opportunity for you to display your art alongside some of the best in the country.

The Guild Art Gallery, Colaba, is organising an exhibition titled, ‘I think therefore graffiti...’, wherein the works of twenty prominent artists will be displayed at the gallery. Sharing space will be a wall-length graffiti, created entirely by the public.

The show is being conducted with the intention of allowing patrons to express themselves through graffiti. Every few days, the content will be erased to make way for fresh creations. The results will be uploaded on the Internet simultaneously and will be viewable worldwide.

“Events that involve the public have always been a part of our repertoire,” says Ketaki Paralikar, deputy director, The Guild Art Gallery. “We’ve had film screenings as well as interactive sessions with artists, architects and filmmakers. This is a new event that we have included in our dynamic programme.”

Have no fear
The idea behind the graffiti theme refers to the evolution of the art form, as a tool to voice differences that the mainstream didn’t acknowledge. It also promotes expressing one’s identity in an uninhibited fashion. The Guild brings together all these thoughts on one large canvas.

‘I think therefore graffiti...’ also boasts of contributions from some of India’s finest talents including Bose Krishnamachari, Apnavi Thacker, Atul Dodiya and Rakhi Peswani.

Homelessness, deprivation and commercialization are among the themes that have been explored in the exhibition.