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Learn the art of commuting in Mumbai

Contemporary art organisation ArtOxygen is hosting [en]counters — Spaces in Transition, the sixth edition of their public art festival.

Soazic Guézen-nec’s The Settlement features piles of marble kept on a hand cart. It examines the nature of migrants, who build homes that are often temporary. PIC/Satyajit Desai
Soazic Guézen-nec’s The Settlement features piles of marble kept on a hand cart. It examines the nature of migrants, who build homes that are often temporary. Pic/Satyajit Desai

The event features site-specific works by Indian and international artists focussing on commuting along Mumbai’s transportation networks. For this, the railways and cultural hubs have been animated with installations, participatory works, relational performances and guerrilla interventions (see fact box on masthead) by these artists.  

Kyungwoo Chun
For Happy Journey, Kyungwoo Chun invited commuters to give him objects that they intend to throw away. The artist also maps distances travelled. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Tushar Joag’s project Lost and Found (?) Values of Democracy, invites children to create drawing books related to people’s movements in India. The books will be coded and dispersed on trains. Reena Kallat’s video, Synapse, shows people getting their eyes tested where the letters are unclear and the text is a deconstruction of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.

Moderni-zation by Hema Upadhyay depicts an aerial view of an urban slum.
Moderni-zation by Hema Upadhyay depicts an aerial view of an urban slum. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Artist Kyungwoo Chun’s piece invites commuters to give him objects that they would like to discard; these are marked with the owner’s name, and placed on a table shaped in the form of CST. The table thus becomes a collection of untold histories.

Impressions of the Mindscape by Nobina Gupta records footprints of passengers getting off trains; the work looks at the psychological and physical collision happening during travel.

In Impressions of the Mindscape, commuters step on the ink pad and leave their footprints
In Impressions of the Mindscape, commuters step on the ink pad and leave their footprints

French artist Soazic Guézennec’s The Settlement highlights the vulnerabilities of those living in temporary dwellings while Hema Upadhyay’s Modernization offers an aerial view of an urban slum, depicting how it forms an integral part of the landscape.

Poster Girls by Bombay Under-ground
Poster Girls by Bombay Under-ground is a compilation of posters looking at women’s negotia-tions in public spaces

Till: March 16
At: CST Terminus, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and Studio X Gallery, Fort.
Log on to: www.artoxygen.org
Entry: Free, open to all

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