The doors to our new gallery Colour Box are now open!
We had a noisy little ceremony to inaugurate our workshop and exhibition space and it was well-attended by dozens of Dharaviites. The narrow front entrance was very crowded with people wanting to participate in the traditional aarti ritual and the breaking of the coconut. After the auspicious beginning (we didn’t quite manage to smash the coconut into smithereens as we hoped to), we rushed into the two floored house.
People from Dharavi were very excited to step into Colour Box and we hope to have some friendly neighbourhood sessions soon. We have left the interiors of the gallery a little raw, so that it can be changed over and over again to suit exhibition designs. On the ground floor, we had exhibited the stunning Provoke/Protect sarees, festoons of health posters, the dream girls cutouts and the letters recycled from waste fabric.
There is a charming little fleet of stairs that lead to the upper floor and we had exhibited the comics corner (which turned into a cafe of sorts), the story grills and artworks from our previous exhibition Ghar Pe (which took place in 2012). The sprawling space upstairs looked colourful and evoked the curiosity of every visitor.
More than 350 people attended the inaugural of Colour Box. We are now looking at some upcycled/recycled furniture to put into the space.