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Sassoon Dock Art Project

Located in and centered around the 144-year-old site of Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks, the 'Sassoon Dock Art Project' was a one of its kind experiential exhibition in a fishing dock.

Featuring the dock as its main protagonist, the project worked with 33 national and international artists to create an experiential exhibition that was open to the public for 50 days.

Constructed in 1875, Sassoon Docks is one of the oldest docks in Mumbai, also acting as one of the biggest fish markets of the city. Yet despite its historical significance, it was a space lost in time, invisible to many of Mumbai's residents. The exhibition sought to reintroduce the area to the people of Mumbai, while also transforming the space into an experiential art exhibition.

Work underway for the Sassoon Dock Art Project, Mumbai 2017

The unconventional space of the fishing dock for an exhibition provided us an opportunity to create a very unique art experience. It was marked by site-specific installations, audio-visual experiences and murals which put the distinct personality and history of the space at the forefront.

A good number of artworks and artists relied on local themes from fishermen folklore, and materials present in abundance at the site (fishnets, trash collected from the sea, the sight of fish etc) to create their pieces.

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Artworks made for the Sassoon Dock Art Project, Mumbai 2017

Just like any other space with an active marine economy, Sassoon also spelled out its engagement with the sea and its various constituents with a distinct smell - of salty water and fish. For the exhibition also then many artists used the same idea of smell (alongside the unique sight of seeing fish in tumblers of various sizes) to both understand as well as commemorate the essence of the space.

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The exhibition also hosted many artworks which acknowledged and celebrated the tireless efforts of the dock's resident Koli and Banjara fisherfolk communities. Tasked with keeping the dock operational, the residents not only truly animated the dock but had also been carrying its legacy forward for years.

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All throughout the 50 days the exhibition was live, #WeekendsAtSassoon were made livelier with a roster of performances, workshops and events across art forms. Mumbaikers joined us for gigs ranging from poetry to music to hands-on workshops with artists to productions of dance forms performed extensively in the area. Members of the St+art team also lead curated tours on weekends, providing visitors insights into the history of the space and the story behind each artwork.

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