Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Worth a thousand words...

Many years ago a young lad growing up in Bombay town drew detailed cartoons of the crumbling home he was growing up in.  Later at college in the US he pursued parallel studies in studio art and physics.  While serving in a community development programme at a hospital in Uganda he painted murals in the children's ward.  Returning to India he taught about art as a vital part of living out a following of Jesus in every sphere - and sparked an annual conclave of people doing art in community.  For the past few years this has grown to a movement - the Art for Change Foundation - which includes studios and courses - internships and exhibitions - and of course the on-going sharing of beauty and truth shaping life.

At the core of everything, however, are the images.  The ability to poetically capture truth and share visions.

Here is the latest one which he painted along with Nirarkar Chowdhury:

This is what Stefan says:

Art and Modern Slavery: International Justice Mission (IJM) commissioned us to make a painting as centerpiece for a national campaign launched on the issue of bonded labour—a system that keeps millions of Indians in literal modern-day slavery. Working with my colleague we created a large 4'x4' painting capturing the idea that truth sets us free. How thrilling to see art play a small role in ‘discipling a nation’ – disseminating truth and influencing the influencers: A former Chief Justice of India, a member of parliament, several district magistrates, the press, and many activists were present at the launch. For a closer view of the painting click here.

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