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Mahim (E) Art District

Mahim East, is a suburb of Mumbai which includes Dharavi, Matunga Labour Camp and Shahu Nagar, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It is also home to Dharavi, which has had the tag of being Asia's largest slum until a few years back. And despite being a culturally vibrant area with a large entrepreneurial community, the area has a negative image for residents of Mumbai.

The art district model is aimed at reimagining urban neighbourhoods as walk through galleries of contemporary art, open to one and all. Since 2017, St+art has been working in the neighbourhood to create the Mahim (E) art District to encourage citizens of Mumbai to explore the neighbourhood and experience its vibrant socio-cultural core, while dispelling the negativity that gets associated with the area.

The artworks in the Mahim (E) art District create a walk through 'People's Gallery' - as a tribute to the lifeline of the city of Mumbai, and Mahim - it's people.

Artists at work, Mahim (E) Art District, 2017 - 2020

2017

The first series of works were done by an all Indian lineup, as a way to introduce the residents to our process, while also creating a network of local volunteers who lived within the neighbourhood.

Artist Lineup:

Guido Van Helten | Avinash | Pragyesh | Sajid Wajid | Sam and Helena | Locopopo | Archita Shah

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Mahim (E) Art District, 2017

2018

With the overwhelming response to the first edition, and having discovered a group of energetic youngsters who lived in the neighbourhood to become our local production team, we returned to Mahim in 2018 to add more works to the Art District. This edition was a mix of national and international artists, continuing building on the theme of celebrating people.

Lineup included:

Jas Charanjiva | Miles Toland | ANPU | Young Jarus | Ella & Pitr | Millo

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Artworks in Mahim (E) Art District, 2018

2020

In 2020, additions made to the art district were all rooted in local stories - with a major focus on the neighbourhood's women and children. A very special project called 'Me/'We' was also created which celebrated life in the neighbourhood and explored ideas of identity and livelihoods.

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Mahim (E) Art District, 2020

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