Date- 17th august 2011
Location- Santa Cruz, Shastri nagar.
Participants- Mehzabeen, Afreen, Saba, Rohini, Mahananda, Zeenat, Sushma, Sumaiya, Bhavna, Praveen, Meena, Mayuri
The session started today at around 1 pm. The focal point was to basically just join together all the different body parts that they had created using different references, as a single piece to resemble a woman. During that process they also added simple but required details like hair and extra decorative embellishments within the salwar and mehendi on the hands! Most of them have shown pregnant women. They were also asked to make a pop-up cloud depicting different dreams and aspirations of those young women via text or illustrations.
While they were working a conversation started floating about female infoeticide. Questions such as why is it still prevalent? Where is it practised? Why should it be banned were raised. They answered all the questions and also stated that men and women are equal and should be treated so. However its not the case yet. Boys, to this day, are given much more preference over girls. Not much was done today other than assimilation of the past few weeks work! Although it was a simple session they had lots of fun anyway! 🙂
- Local women from Dharavi are learning photography to capture the health related aspects of their lives and their community. Their focus is Where do people go for care and what do they do at home. With this theme they are tracing lives of pregnant women, elderly citizens, environmental hazards, and more. They are being mentored by Sudharak Olwe and his team.
- Drawing from the skills of potters in Khumbarwada, Dharavi, local residents are going beyond their daily routines with clay to explore other skills and designing art. With the potential to use different stoneware and different clays, the final artwork may be small pieces or range to a large installation. They are being mentored by Anjani Khanna, Rashi Jain and Neha Kudchadkar.
- Furthering their daily work of using needles and thread, women from the Santa Cruz area will come together to create self-portrait of sorts. Using images printed on textiles, the women will fashion portraits as they envision themselves by embellishing and using a collage effect. They will hone their skills as the sessions progress to utilize in their artwork. They will be mentored by Susie Vickery.
- The art of the three groups will be pieced together into a final exhibit. The vision is to intertwine the various mediums to create a complete exhibit. From the possibility of it being a mobile entity to the use of animation, the options are endless. The result will be a collaborative effort headed by Nandita Kumar.