Brinda Miller and Tarana Khubchandani get together for an exhibition with a difference in Mumbai
The contemporary artist and the director of Gallery Art & Soul in collaboration with the latter's NGO Passages reproduce stunning artwork of leading artists as carpets to raise awareness about breast cancer
You will certainly not want to walk over them, but they will floor you and you will show them off on walls and floors of the built spaces you design. The cARTpet Project has been a pet project for all those involved. Curated by contemporary Indian artist Brinda Miller and Dr. Tarana Khubchandani of Gallery Art & Soul in collaboration with her NGO Passages, this exhibition of ‘magical’ limited-edition hand-woven and tufted carpets in wool and silk, has reproduced key artworks of 22 of India’s leading artists. The initiative aims to raise awareness about breast cancer as well as funds to support patients with treatment expenses.
The cARTpet Project is a great opportunity for collectors to enjoy art in an unusual form. For the young aspirational collector, it is a rare chance to collect a unique piece of work and support an important cause.
Participating artists include Anjolie Ela Menon, Baiju Parthan, SH Raza, Brinda Miller, Jayasri Burman, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, Badri Narayan, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Ram Kumar, Rekha Rodwittiya, Rini Dhumal, Neeraj Goswami, Sudhir Patwardhan, Satish Gujral, Seema Kohli, Senaka Senanayake, Sujata Bajaj, Suryaprakash, Shuvaprasanna and Thota Vaikuntam.
The founder-director of Passages and Art & Soul, Dr.Khubchandani shares the reason for this venture, “As a survivor, I’m saddened to see that there still exists an apathy amongst urban women regarding breast self-examination and regular screenings… We have to understand that…lifestyle changes in the last decade have lowered the average age at which this cancer is being detected. So, the onus of detection really lies with the woman herself. It’s about time we armed ourselves with the necessary tools for early detection and cure, with each one of us becoming an ambassador for change and education about this illness.”
Miller adds enthusiastically, “This collaborative effort between Tarana and myself has been nothing short of fantastic, and we are quite certain that this relatively unexplored medium will generate a great deal of interest – also because it’s for a great cause. The limited-edition hand-tufted/hand-knotted works have been a diligent labour of love that will eventually contribute to the cause and commitment that Tarana has been working so hard for.”
Gallery Art & Soul was born from a need to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer and has been committed to social causes since 2003, spreading the message of the cause which continues to dominate women in Indian society with fears and taboos.