Recently Stockholm witnessed a grand celebration of Indian art and culture in form of ‘Stockholm Cultural Festival 2017’. Luckily this years theme of Stockholm cultural festival was ‘India’ so the majority of events/activities focused on Indian art performances and culture.
I also got the fortune of participating in one such activity called ‘Sharing Sweden – India’ art workshop which lasted for six days from August 15, 2017 to August 20, 2017. Although this entire festival happened under the management of Stockholm Stad but the art workshop I participated in involved 10 Swedish women artists and 6 Indian artists. I was one among the 6 Indian artists. The 10 Swedish women artists were veteran artists who also had their art exhibition during the same period.
In this workshop, all the visitors coming to our pavilion were encouraged to pick up the paints and brushes and paint whatever and anywhere on a 10 meter long and 2 meter high canvas. In this six days workshop, to our surprise, the canvas got filled on the very first day itself. We could not blame anyone for this. Seeing dozens of color bottles and brushes and a 10 meter long canvas, who would not like to give it a shot?
I was invited to paint during this workshop by these Swedish artists. A dedicated area was marked for me and an another artist where we could paint uninterrupted over the workshop period. Since I was so much touched by this very purpose of this workshop ‘sharing Sweden-India’ I wanted to reflect it through my painting as well.
I would like to give a glimpse into what had happened on the workshop and what did I create.
I titled my painting ‘samband’ because it means exactly the same in Hindi and Swedish – bond/relation. Isn’t it amazing? It is!
At the end of the workshop, we had cut down the canvas painted by all the visitors in course of six-days festival into 12 cm by 12 cm pieces. In order to demonstrate ‘sharing’ between the two nations, we shared those thousands of unique small art pieces with visitors on the last day i.e. August 20, 2017.