“One man’s trash is an other Man’s treasure”.
Recently ArtChowk Gallery organized an exhibition ”Kurray se art banao” an art exhibition of recycled artworks.
The aim of this exhibition was to create awareness regarding recycling and keeping our surroundings clean. Over 40 artists from different parts of the country participated in this exhibition and fortunately I was one of them too.
I recreated one of my art work’s titled Ganday Bachay ( Dirty children ) a work of art that symbolizes the brutal reality of our society towards refusal of waste and waste collectors. Waste pickers or refuse collectors contribute greatly in making our environment clean and unfortunately the majority of these waste pickers are very young children who are discarded from our society due to sheer negligence and insensitivity, just like we discard garbage from our houses, wrapped up in black plastic bags and dump them into dirty mounds of trash where they remain for the rest of their lives unwanted, futile, and with no hopes for the future, but if you dig deep in the trash you might find something useful or if you work on recycling it great things can be made out of it, similarly if we focus on these neglected children we could also lead them towards a brighter future.
Other artists had also created some magnificent artworks made out of garbage entirely, like a carpet made of dust and ashes, a huge golden pair of scissors using metal objects , a lounger using heaps of plastic sheets , paintings made with fabric and bottle shreds and a lot more.
Perhaps the exhibition was successful in amazing it’s viewers visually and also forcing them to think that if they focus on recycling their litter they’d not only be living and breathing in a clean environment but will also be progressing and maintaining ecological balance.
The exhibition continued and once again selected works including mine were displayed at PCCC Pakistan Chowk Community Center, it was a public display where the message and efforts from all the artists had a tremendous impact on the citizens and gladly it reached out to those for whom it was meant to be .