Mumbai’s Sassoon Dock transforms into a public art paradise

NOV 9, 2017 | By Team ELLE DECOR
L-R:Artwork by The Fearless Collective
Photograph courtesy Akshat Nauriyal;Artwork by The Fearless Collective
Photograph courtesy Akshat Nauriyal; Artwork by Curiot
Photograph courtesy Akshat Nauriyal; Artwork by Do & Khatra
Photograph courtesy Pranav Gohil.

Have a thirst for art and history? Want to explore a forgotten past of Mumbai? You’re in luck. St+Art India Foundation and Asian Paints are set to shine a spotlight on Sassoon Docks, the hub of the port city’s seafood industry.

For the next two months, South Mumbai’s oldest dock, the trading ground to generations of fishermen, will play host to an iconic exhibition with large installations, murals, audiovisual screenings, talks and curated tours. The experiential public exhibition will include artworks from over 30 Indian and international artists that will reflect the busy context of Mumbai as well.Akshat Nauriyal, the co-founder of St+art India Foundation and a visual artist, created portraits of various people from the coexisting communities of Sassoon Dock as a part of his extensive research, which will now be used as posters to represent the people who were one of the first settlers of Mumbai. “The aim of this project is to create art hubs that contextualize the fabric of the city they are in. The Sassoon Docks are an integral part of the city, and this project reintroduces the space through narratives and stories that represent the diverse background of the space. We ultimately hope it will become an active space of interaction for all the people of Mumbai, not just the fishermen and women,” he says.
St+Art India plans to make art accessible to the masses as a part of the St+art Mumbai 2017 Urban Art Festival. With the support of Asian Paints and the Mumbai Port Trust, the Sassoon Dock Art Project is only the beginning.When: November 11 – December 30, 2017
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