The dark truths of slum redevelopment

Superstar Rajinikanth’s latest film Kaala in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, exposes the darkness of slum redevelopment sweeping the country. Set in Dharavi — Asia’s largest slum in Mumbai — the film cheerfully exposes the anguish of the “urban-poor” migrants living in the slums of the city. It is their struggle against the land grabbers who … Continue reading The dark truths of slum redevelopment

Interview: Venezuelan street artist Garabato ARTe

I met Garabato ARTe when he was spending six months in India meshing wall art with environmental activism. The artist created a mammoth elephant sculpture from cans; one of many installations he completed. His work is a direct riposte to those who believe that art should be only about aesthetics, conveying a multitude of viewpoints … Continue reading Interview: Venezuelan street artist Garabato ARTe

Latest avatars of Psychedelic Art

Psychedelic art gets a bad rap because of its origins. It took off with the hippie counterculture in the late 1960s, and initially referred to art created under the influence of hallucinogenic substances. With its vibrant and neon colours, metaphysical and surrealistic symbols, extreme depth, geometric patterns and captivating typography, it wasn't long before pop … Continue reading Latest avatars of Psychedelic Art