The Art Loft - Art for Abandoned Children.

Arzan Khambatta , 03 Jul 2012

The Art Loft and French Association for Abandoned Childhood present Snehasand – 50 Years of Love. Arzan, innovative sculptor, known for his unconventional creations and his love of children shares a few things with MissMalini.com about the installations… xoxo

Arzan Khambatta
Arzan Khambatta
Snehasadan children
Snehasadan children

“Sweet dreams are made of these. Who am I to disagree?” – Annie Lennox

1. The entire “Snehasadan – 50 Years of Love” project was spearheaded by The Art Loft, who approached me, Brinda Miller and Sunil Padwal with the concept.

2. There is also a French artistic group called Hypothesis 222 (Christine Delbecq, Emmanuelle Grand and Alain Steck) headed by Vincent Lauth, who form a part of this collaboration.

French Artists
French Artists

3. The French group, stayed in Bombay over several weeks, and worked in tandem with the children from the NGO called Snehasadan, creating super canvases, which are painted on either side.

Children from the NGO called Snehasadan
Children from the NGO called Snehasadan

4. We the Bombay artists’ group, went around scouting for elements to build up this installation. After several trips through the streets of the city, and going through various objects, we decided to use the “mousetrap” as our main unit.

Mouse Traps
Mouse Traps

5. After sorting out our ideas we met the French artists several times and exchanged ideas about our work, and they too discussed how they were planning to make their canvassed into 3d boxes.

Emmanuelle Grand
Emmanuelle Grand
Brinda Miller with Arzan Khambatta
Brinda Miller with Arzan Khambatta

6. Myself, Brinda and Sunil, spent two days with the Snehasadan children, getting them to paint and draw on wish cards we had prepared for them. We also collected some elements from them, which meant something to them in their daily lives, like hair clips, torches, toys etc etc. we also took photographs of the children there.

Snehasadan children
Snehasadan children
Alain Steck
Alain Steck

7. Then the actual work of constructing the installation began. We sew all the mousetraps together in the desired manner and then composed the complete cube by inserting the items we had collected from them, the photographs and the wish cards too.

Christine Delbeck
Christine Delbeck

8. Finally the entire installation along with the cubes made by the French artists were exhibited at the VT station on the platform. It was quite interesting to see the public have a curious look at the installation, wondering what so many mouse traps were doing all in one place!

With the Snehasadan children
With the Snehasadan children

9. Finally the exhibits will be on display at the High Street Phoenix compound, where we expect tremendous feedback by the visitors. The exhibits will not rest here, as they revel all over the country and to some cities in France too. Do come visit!

Brinda Miller & Arzan Khambatta with The Dream Catcher surrounded by the kids of Snehasadan
Brinda Miller & Arzan Khambatta with The Dream Catcher surrounded by the kids of Snehasadan
Bina Aziz
Bina Aziz
Brinda Miller with Vikram Bawa
Brinda Miller with Vikram Bawa
Anandita De
Anandita De

The installation will be on display at High Street Phoenix from today till July 5th.

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