Abhishek Poddar is working to create what he dubs “the world's largest digital 'bouquet of hope”. This is an exhibit of the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in India.
Everyone is encouraged to join in and send an image from their garden or balcony, an artwork on the subject, or even create a flower motif from an object or textile.
Here, Picture This Post (PTP) asks Abhiskek Poddar (AP) to explain the inspiration for this initiative.
(PTP) Please tell our readers about what inspired you to create your parents’ 25th anniversary present of a flower bouquet made from art, which now inspires your current project.
(AP) Both my parents collected art - though of different styles over the years - and the idea of our giving them 25 paintings by leading Indian artists, by asking each to paint a flower, and creating a bouquet that would not wilt and be eternal was appealing, celebrating the longevity of their marriage and devotion to one another.
Will all submissions be included or is the Bouquet of Hope juried in any way?
No. Apart from spam or inappropriate images, we will not be curating the images but allowing people’s creativity to keep growing this bouquet.
When is The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) expected to open? Has COVID-19 affected your opening?
We will have to take stock of the situation once the lockdown is lifted and reassess our opening date. We plan to open in 2021.
Will the Bouquet of Hope be incorporated in the new museum?
We don’t know yet but you never know….
What is MAP’s mission? How much of MAP’s art is from India versus the rest of the world?
MAP’s mission is to bring art back to the heart of the community, making it fun and accessible to the most diverse of audiences. Majority of the art in the collection is from India celebrating its artists, history and heritage.
Aside from the Bouquet of Hope, is MAP doing any digital events while closed for COVID-19?
We have a series of photo essays called Home’bound’ where we have invited our digital audiences to tell us through a set of 4-6 photographs what life is like during this lockdown. We are running selected entries through the weekends in April.
We have four exhibitions online already:
- Maharanis: Women of Royal India
- The Pichwai Tradition: Tapestries of Krishna
- Sari, Odhanis and More: Woven Tales from India
- Faces That Launched A Thousand Films
We will also be launching a few more initiatives in the upcoming weeks. Keep checking out website for updates!
Before co-founding MAP, tell us about your involvement in the art world.
Much before MAP, I had always been interested in art and had been collecting art across various mediums - from folk & tribal to popular culture, photography, as well as modern and contemporary art from India. But the medium I particularly enjoyed was photography - which led me to start probably India’s first gallery dedicated to photography called Tasveer. We had 12 seasons of exhibitions in various Indian cities and internationally over the years. We closed the gallery Tasveer to focus entirely on the upcoming Museum of Art & Photography,
Read more about the Museum of Art and Photography here.
Images courtesy of Museum of Art and Photography