Thinking beyond anthropocentrism, this project has been initiated on recycled fabric.
A child learns to draw before it starts to write, dance before it starts to walk and sing before it starts to speak- the relation between art and humans is intricate and profound as it helps in connecting, expressing and building bridges, even across time! So when the human civilisation is suffering through a global pandemic, it is only natural that art will be the choice of weapon to connect in a world that has to observe social distancing.
Following this thought process, the team of The Corona Quilt Project- which was ideated in 2020, is now culminating its year-long endeavour of bringing stories together through modern quilts that are popping up across Mumbai. Join us in exploring Mumbai as we take you through the 'quilt-installations'!
Patchwork as a symbol of hope, love & community
Recently, Mumbai has become more vivid and resplendent as modern quilts have been put up as art installations by the team of The Corona Quilt Project, in an endeavour to promote community engagement. Inspired by the quilting tradition that exists all around the world (in a manner of speaking, it binds people together as well), this art project also aims to tell stories, celebrate strength, spread hope and bring everyone together in its wake.
Manifesting itself as five separate installations across Mumbai, this quilting project is artistically and thematically bringing people together despite their age differences, gender, social status or nationality. Further, thinking beyond anthropocentrism, this project has been initiated on recycled fabric and even celebrities like Sania Mirza, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Twinkle Khanna have joined this effort by sharing their stories to be set in 'quilt'.
Spot the 'quilt' installations here!
Wrapped around the facade of the Jindal Mansion, the first art installation among the five- titled 'The Rising Sun', has come up with 1339 individual stories with the prelude that it is darkest before the dawn, however, a "new sunrise gives everyone the opportunity to hope, to dream, and to imagine a better tomorrow".
Collectively themed "Rise" by Dia Mehta Bhupal, the Creative Director of The Corona Quilt Project, other installations include- 'Warriors Rise' presented at the Haji Ali Pumping Station and 'On The Rise' wrapping around 5000 individual stories on the Worli Sea Face. Further, drawing inspiration from the vibrancy of Mumbai, several BEST buses on the route of Worli to Colaba have been swaddled in 'Live To Rise'.
'ResiliART'- this is how we would like to dub this massive art project which has engaged communities beyond all sorts of borders and proved that even a pandemic is not enough to stagger or stop the creative consciousness of humans. The thousands of squares that have come together as modern quilts radiate warmth- a feeling of being safe and at home! So if you too are inquisitive and artistic, participate by sending your entries and power through these tough times creatively.