Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual, artistic and cultural capital.As the former
capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of colonial-era architecture contrasting
starkly with urban slums and dynamic new-town suburbs with their air-conditioned
Kolkata metro rail is the oldest metro rail system in the country. The trams, although the oldest and therefore a little run down, are still actively used in the city. St+art would like to add value to the heritage of a transport system that connects different sectors of the society and links all parts of the city. This will be a participative project between the two artists, C215, renowned for his portraits of common people, especially the unprivileged, and Poornima Sukumar, leader of the Aravani project, which works with minorities such as street workers, sex workers, and transgenders. With a sensitive approach, the idea is to create a collection of various stories, with individual interactions with each one of the artists and the communities that they will work with. The citizens that will take part in the project will possibly be given disposable cameras to take portraits of one another. Those portraits will then be translated by the two artists into pantings in their characteristic styles and painted on the trams themselves.
CREATED WITH : St+Art India Foundation