The culmination of the seven-month long art workshops undertaken as an Art1st initiative saw its high-point here at IGNCA on May 1, 2
and 3. Partner a Master, as it is called, is a line-up where contemporary artists and children of various private and public schools in Delhi converge to work on art projects. Meticulously planned workshops incorporated diverse means and mechanisms that dabble exclusively in the arena of art. The method employed was having a group of 7 artists/mentor work with the same set of children over seven months; one artist/mentor a month. These workshops were conducted between August 2013 and March 2014 making budding and consolidated artists of India.
The exhibition was thrown open for public viewership after the student presentations in the function organized on May 1. This formed a considerable part of the event. Students chose to present on one of the artist under whose mentorship they grew and evolved over the month-long workshop. The students spoke about the artist’s philosophy, the projects, the creative enhancing mechanisms and their overall experiences.
The presentations were a revealing experience in terms of the fine details that the students acquired over the artist’s work. They captured everything from philosophical ideation to subtle execution. In addition to understanding and discussing the artists, the presentations also brought students’ own journeys across the seven-month long undertaking. They spoke at length about their experiences, evolution and forays in the field of arts with their mentors. Students highlighted their appreciation and reception towards the very many art forms as reflected upon by the respective artists.
Shambhavi Thakur of The Shriram School, Vasant Vihar spoke at length about her learning process by working under artist Sharmila Samant and how it opened the whole world of brand culture and consumerism that engulfs us all the time and yet remains invisible. Toeing the same line, Sanyaa Mehrotra of DPS, R.K.Puram enthralled the audience by narrating how working with artist DaKU unleashed her creative potentials on the walls in form of Graffiti. Similarly, Aadya Agarwal of Sanskriti School, spoke at length about how working with clay under Anita Dube made her confront serious philosophical questions like journey of a seed into its final blossoming as a sapling and asserted that it reflects in her understanding of the medium. In similar tones, the other students spoke at length about artists’ Manisha Parekh, Shambhavi Singh, Tushar Joag, Asim Waqif.
This engaging journey of artistic explorations undertaken through the workshops ended up on a high note with many parents and
guardians in attendance to celebrate their children’s creative accomplishments. The event also saw the encouraging participation of many noted educationists and teachers and heads of institutions. The best, however, was the fact that the event did not mark an end to the journey but of a new beginning with the children from Shiv Nadar School thronging the exhibition space with their art teachers in following days.
Some of the exhibits:
I now feel incredibly stupid about this, but when I first heard of street art and tried to connect spray paints to walls, what came to my mind, were the ‘I love you, please take me back’ notes sprayed on the jammed flyovers and crowded streets of our city.
This was until I saw a compilation of Daku’s work. I sat there with my mouth literally hanging open. I was flabbergasted at this form of art and I was in awe of Daku.
This man’s gallery is the Aam Admi street. The streets that are usually painted by piss and sprayed by chewed paan (beetle leaves), he manages to transform into something beautiful. I had a mental transformation and was flabbergasted by not only his works but also the hidden meaning they had.
I realized how drawn all of us were to his work and how they helped generate curiosity within us due to their illegal and delinquent nature. It is street art that represents the desire to change, and our fight to break the chains that have us bound. We had an incredible opportunity to work with this mad genius and we created a big piece at Hauz Khaus Village in Delhi.
Every person might have a different interpretation of what we’ve done but for me it’s a world view of humanity, of being one, and standing up for the right. We’re free birds, we are the colours of tomorrow. We define everything finite with infinity. For all that exists is perfectly flawed. A perfect creation of God, flawed for us.
Daku has inspired me like nobody else has. Even after a ligament tear in my ankle at the end of our wall-painting-session (because of which I literally had to be dragged across HKV by my friends to the parking lot), it was one of the best experiences I’ve had, and probably will ever have, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
So inspired was I that I not only painted my wall at home but a couple of professional spaces along with a book cover and a laptop cover.
Sanyaa Mehrotra is a student of Delhi Public School, Delhi and was a part of Partner a Master: artist mentor program. Her piece is on artist/mentor: DAKU
In the month of September, the prominent Indian street artist who works under the moniker ‘DaKu’ did a series of sessions with the students of Delhi on the famous graffiti wall of Hauz Khas Village.
My piece depicts the light within our souls. Light is energy and it can be used positively or negatively. I have tried to trap that light of our soul.
The light that radiates from the mannequin is supposed to depict the aura or energy of the person.
I like to imagine that when we were created God put a little light in each of us. Now its our choice whether we use it to shine!
Reanna Palia is a 13 year old student at Bombay International School, Mumbai. She was a part of Art1st Partner a Master: artist mentor program in 2013-14. And this body of work was created under the mentorship of Prajakta Potnis.