Artists give makeover to historic fishing dock in Indian city
MUMBAI: Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as saree-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai’s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space.
Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, home to Mumbai’s traditional Koli fishing community, a colourful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival.
“The artworks range from mixed media to graffiti to street-art styles to installations, from using paints to wood to fishing objects,” Arjun Bahl, co-founder and festival director, said.
Exhibits include large portraits of Koli fisherfolk — believed to be Mumbai’s original inhabitants and whose goddess ‘ Mumbadevi’ lends her name to the city — and brightly painted murals representing women from the community. One installation, entitled ‘Parfum Sassoon’, alludes to the dock’s notoriously pungent fishy smell while another has a clear environmental message with its depiction of plastic bottles floating through the ocean.
The Sassoon Dock project is part of the seventh edition of the St+art Urban Art Festival which aims to make art accessible to everyone by transforming a public space.
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