展覽 Exhibition: 二零一八年五月，[en]counter 2018 Daily Ration，ArtOxygen，孟買，印度｜May 2018, [en]counter 2018 Daily Ration, ArtOxygen, Mumbai, India
Small public interventions for the green lung of Mumbai
आरे काकर्स कुंड Aarey bin
(Photo: Vidhi Vora)
Aarey is a series of 3 small public interventions that revolves Aarey Milk Colony, an urban forest in a suburb of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. ‘Peacock’ and ‘Aarey bins’ respond to the garbage issue in the Colony, and ‘Palash jelly’ brings the little-known Colony to the city.
Aarey Milk Colony has an area of 3,160 acres. It is home to wild animals (e.g. leopards, peacocks), native plants, farmlands, milk plants and 12 villages. Despite being one of the last remaining green patches of Mumbai, it has faced destruction with the building of various infrastructures from metro car shed, pipelines, highways, to a zoo.
(i) मोर Peacock
‘Peacock’ is a sculpture of peacock built with food-related garbage found in Aarey Milk Colony. It is installed among trees, where people do not usually walk pass. Seeing wild animals in the Colony is one dear everyday experience of the villagers. Like watching wild animals, audience needs to look attentively from a distance in order to discover ‘Peacock’. If audience wants, they may go into the trees to see the construct with artificial waste.
(ii) आरे काकर्स कुंड Aarey bins
‘Aarey bins’ are simple garbage bins built with garbage found in the Colony. The Colony does not have garbage bins, and villagers are used to burning all the garbage, which is harmful to the natural environment of the Colony. The bins are built with strings, bamboo sticks, and large disposed flour bags. The bags are installed in different spots of the Colony where garbage is thrown away.
(iii) पलाश Palash
Palash is an orange flower that is native to the Aarey Milk Colony. Villagers make tea with dried palash, which has a cooling effect. Like other native plants and animals of the Colony, palash is little known by Mumbaikars. I made jelly with palash tea and brought the jelly to the bustling Juhu Beach. Through sharing the jelly alien to participants, I tried to arouse their interest in the forest, share the stories of the Colony, and reveal the linkage between the city and the Colony.
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The work was produced as part of Daily Ration, [en]counter 2018 in Mumbai.
Rubbish in Aarey Milk Colony
Prakash Bhoir’s family helping build ‘Peacock’
The set of ‘Palash’: Palash jelly, folk music at Aarey (recorded by Nimish Malde), and handmade map of Aarey Milk Colony by Michael Leung
‘Palash’ at Juhu Beach (Photo: Vidhi Vora)
In collaboration with:
Prakash Bhoir and his family
Everyone at Aarey Conservation Group