Art has no bounds and Cartist has proved it. Amidst the challenging times, Cartist has carried forward its legacy of providing a platform to the artists despite various adversities that has come in the way. “This year is not about going a step further but is definitely about standing still with what we have achieved in the past. In a span of 5 years of Cartist, we now have a family of artists and people from automobile industry who support us and look up to us for contributing to the fields by way of our automobile art. Organising a virtual event is equally exhausting but when we saw that this is welcomed by people with arms wide open, we were happy that we did it and never gave up!” said Himanshu Jangid, Founder, Cartist
The four day festival began on 27th November with an opening session on the festival’s core theme “Sustainability”. In a span of 4 days, prominent personalities from the field of Art, Automobile as well as people who advocate sustainable way of living for a future joined in top share their views on various topics.
Considering the current pandemic situation, Cartist realised that it is the need of the hour that people add to their skills without stepping out of their homes and hence Cartist curated a series of virtual workshops taken up by learned artists. Students from across the county participated in workshops like Calligraphy, Paper Art, Origami, Tribal Art With Gond, Water Colour Landscape, Coloured Pencil, Beyond Green For Sustainable Art Practices, Upcycle The Toy World , Repurpose Plastic Bottles, Know Your Paper, Madhubani, Digital Clay Sculpting, Street Typography, Introduction To Automobile Design, & Phad Painting.
The artist exhibitions curated a collection of Artist Rohan Khuntale who created Corporate Park miniatures using E-Waste, Tirth Patel displayed an array of artworks that reconnects him to the fond memories of his childhood revolving around Buses, Lt. Ram Kumar, a self-taught artist from Kishangarh who had expertise in realistic paintings, and Jogi Art, the traditional art form by the Jogi Tribe.
The event hosted a series of talk sessions on topics like Why Sustainability? Need of an hour, Electric Vehicle (EV)-A new way to a cleaner India , Art of Sustainability, Adopting sustainable solutions for a better future, Art during times of Covid, Photography during times of Covid 19, Pandemic-proof Sustainable Innovations, A new road to 2021, Relationship between Art & Technology, Entwined journey of Car, Art and design, Journey of Artist, Motivational Story :Rag Pickers to famous Photographer and an Artist, Art Education, Art History, Contribution of design Studio, Indian Women Artist Challenges and Advantages, Skill India for Automobile, Art Car and Museum, Dyeing art forms of India, Tribal Art from India, Crafts of India, Confluence of Art and Design. Each of the sessions was focused upon highlighting the importance of Sustainability, Art and Automobile.
Some of the notable names who contributed to the sessions are IAS Debashis Sen, additional chief secretary to the Govt. Of West Bengal; Nikunj Sanghi, an Automobile industry veteran who has been vocal about the issues related to the industry and one of the top 10 dealers of Mahindra and Mahindra; Adil Jal Darukhanawala, a pioneering automotive journalist; Avik Chattopadhyay, holding 22 years of experience in closely working with the Automobile industry; Nand Kumar Nair, media strategist, automotive editor and television journalist; to name a few. Cartist also hosted sessions with prominent artists like Padma Shri Shakir Ali, an excellent miniature painting artist, Artist Vinay Sharma, Artist Veer Munshi, Photographer Vicky Roy, Artist Wajit Khan and many more. Licypriya, the Nine-Years-Old Indian Climate Activists also participated in one of the sessions as a key speaker.
Cartist, with a troupe of artists, came up with the idea of promoting sustainability by reusing and recycling the old cars and converting these into marvellous works of art instead of letting it decay in landfills and contributing to the mass damage to the environment. Additionally, in an attempt to support the indigenous art culture of India, Cartist has on-boarded artists from different parts of the country.
They created a Classic Ambassador covered with gold leafs hence known as “Old is Gold” to reflect the importance of consciously dealing with the old automobiles. It gives out the strong message that we shouldn’t make this earth full of garbage for our own individual interests and rather come up with Sustainable solutions implemented for the betterment of the society.
A Car art installation was prepared using thousands of used plastic bottles to create awareness on “Beat the Plastic”, the need of the hour. To commemorate the tales of CoVid warriors who has come forward to give service beyond self during the difficult times of Corona, Cartist has artified a car that belonged to a Doctor. This car is a tribute to the extremely valuable efforts by the medical staff across the world who has come out to be the real heroes on a mission to save the world.
On each day of the festival, there were musical nights. Participating bands were Daira, a high energy Hindi ‘Art-Rock’ band that fuses elements of alternative rock blended with a desi sense of humour, Fuzz Culture, India’s premier electronic-act, Yusuf Khan, a Bhapang player, who is on a mission to digitalise dying folk music of Mewat area in Alwar, Vikalp Sharma, a composer, vocalist, guitarist hailing from Jaipur.
To support the Festival, artists from cities like Lucknow, Bikaner, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Indore, Sangli were creating artworks in their hometowns following all safety precautions for the CoVid situation. Priyanka in Sangli crafted art bicycles with little girls from slum areas whereas an artist in Jaipur prepared an Automobile sculpture using a wheel. Sonam in Indore has transformed a simple looking toy car into an art piece.
Around 100 artists from across the county participated and prepared artworks on the theme of sustainability. Through all these ventures, Cartist aimed to advocate the concept of a development that is viable for the present as well as future generations. The primary motive behind this year’s Cartist Festival was to realise the dire need of implementing sustainable solutions starting right from the day to day life in order to head towards a brighter and better future. This pandemic has especially taught us about how climate change and other factors immensely affect our living and discussing about what can be done was the core objective of this year’s Cartist Festival.