- Luzinterruptus at Mumbai Urban Art Festival
The installation "The Plastic We Live With“ by Spanish artistic collective Luzinterruptus is definitely one of these universally accessible works. With the support of the Mumbai Port Authority, Spectrum Impact and the Embassy of Spain, the installation was set up in Evelyn House, an Art Deco building in Colaba, a lively part of the city by the sea, with a beautiful waterfront walkway. The goal was to encourage broader conversation about Mumbai’s relationship with waste and recycling, reflecting on urbanisation and over-consumption. According to the artists: „We wanted to graphically show the excess of plastic that is around us, a recurring issue in our work and in life, since almost everything we consume is made of it or wrapped in it or we eat it in the tiny particles found in meat and fish, not to mention the fact that it is also in the air we breathe.“
How to convey the idea that we must reduce our use of plastic, especially in the „disposable“ products that end up polluting every corner of our planet, as revealed by the huge islands of plastic floating in our oceans? An emblematic product is the plastic bag, which is, fortunately, increasingly being replaced by alternative, reusable solutions such as cloth bags or bags made of renewable materials such as paper. Many countries, including India, have now banned plastic bags. The bags required to complete the installation were collected following a public announcement by the Mumbai First team, leading to donation of more than 8,000 bags by neighbours and local businesses. Unlike European plastic bags, Indian ones are not printed, limiting the range of colours available. Far from viewing this as a limitation, the artists realised this could give their work a more sober, "organic" look than past installations such as the one in Bordeaux (link).
The bags were assembled on the façade of the Evelyn Guesthouse, filling in the gaps in its walls to produce the effect of a building overflowing with plastic. The effect is particularly dramatic at night, thanks to the lighting for the Light Night Colaba event, but is also high-impact during the day.
We can only agree with what the Spanish embassy has to say about "The Plastic We Live With“ at the Mumbai Urban Art Festival: „ The work of Luzinterruptus is an artistic expression of our commitment with the need to face environmental issues globally. Art is indeed a useful means to connect people with issues affecting our surroundings. It is important to continue supporting the cultural players who contribute through their work to the improvement of our societies..“
Location: Mumbai, India
Images: Melisa Hernández