The ongoing Sassoon Dock Art Project is more than just an art festival. It’s a colourful street-art makeover of one of Mumbai’s oldest fish markets. Spend your weekends with inspiring art exhibitions, workshops, performances, and exhilarating live gigs at Sassoon Docks. By Pallavi Mehra
Over the last few months, a team of 40+ artists from India and abroad has transformed the Mumbai Port Trust office at the Sassoon Docks into a lively public experimental exhibition space. The St+art India Foundation is taking its love for art to the masses with the Sassoon Dock Art Project as a part of the St+art Urban Art Festival 2017.
The art project has attracted artists from Austria, Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and India, who have collaborated with the local Koli community to bring out path-breaking art exhibits. Expect exciting graffiti, audiovisual artwork, murals, screenings, workshops, live music gigs, and curated tours of Sassoon Docks.
Some of the exhibits include Hanif Kureshi’s “The Idea of Smell” where Sassoon Docks’ fishing nets have been printed with words to describe the sights, sounds, and smells of Sassoon Docks and Mumbai.
Tan Zi Xi, a Singaporean artist, designed “Plastic Ocean” – a blue room with 400 kgs of plastic waste as an illusion of being underwater in Mumbai’s coasts, to bring awareness to the ignored plight of these coasts. Meanwhile, Sameer Kulavoor has created “Parfum Sassoon Showroom” showcasing a perfume with the smell of the fishy Sassoon Docks. This exhibit is an ironic and tongue-and-cheek commentary on consumerism. Another artist, Akshat Nauriyal, roped in more than 300 people from the Koli community to create the “Inside Out Project.”
The Sassoon Dock Art Project is open to public from noon to 10pm every Thursday – Sunday till December 30th 2017. Sign up here or follow St+art India’s Facebook page for updates and the complete schedule of events.