2018 Indian Mobilities
An exhibition (+ book) on the road in India hosted by the city of Stuttgart, Germany.
‘Indian Mobilities’ is an exhibition cum book project on the road in India. It is a poetic collection of watercolours on mobility, diversity and Living-Together.
The exhibition is scheduled from 14th September to 15 October, 2018 in the German city of Stuttgart. The book is printed with the support of the French city of Strasbourg.
“The Indian streets are like a jungle! It is a constant disordered
movement that disturbs our rational mind and drowns it in a
crowd of intense visual, sonorous and olfactory perceptions.”
(‘India. Small and Big vehicles’, p.11)
Painter and stained glass artist Sara Keller has been invited by the city of Stuttgart to present her art work on mobility in India. The exhibition will be displayed in the town hall of Stuttgart. It will be accompanied by the release of her book “India. Small and Big vehicles”.
Stuttgart & Mobility
Sustainable mobility (‘nachhaltige Mobilität’) is one of the top most priority of Stuttgart city, capital of the “Model Region for Sustainable Mobility”. Stuttgart’s debate on mobility take place right in the heart of an automotive and mechanic engineering leadership (with prominent corporations like Daimler and Porsche).
Stuttgart & India
Stuttgart celebrate in 2018, the city partnership year (‘Städtepartnerschaftsjahr 2018’) with series of cultural and sport events. India plays here an important role thanks to the Stuttgart-Mumbai Jubilee. This celebration is a great opportunity to question the issue of mobility in the megacity of Mumbai and to see how big Indian cities manage the modern challenges related to road usage, traffic fluidity and connectivity.
Strasbourg on International Level
The French city of Strasbourg is another partner city of Stuttgart (since 1962). The dynamic city of Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, is a symbol of Europe and of international dialogue.
Strasbourg & Mobility
Strasbourg is noted as a model for sustainable mobility and pioneer transport options. It is a green city and the French “capital of the cycle“. Moreover, its tramlines network is a remarkable example of the reintroduction of the tramway in the 1990ies, a system that inspired multiple other French cities.
Strasbourg supports the project with the special edition of the book “India. Small and Big Vehicles” by Sara Keller.
“I am a painter, using watercolour and stained glass as my mode of expression. I transcribe with my work a precise, yet witty, observation of our environment. My research training and practice enhance my artistic activities: Art appears to be a promising way to suggest a reflexion in an acceptable, if not playful, fashion: “Daring the Unknown without fear” as Swiss sociologist Lucius Burckhardt suggested.
I travel in several countries for my research missions, especially France, Germany and India. I spend more than a decade in India in midst a rich, fascinating and inspiring cultural space. The ‘Indian Mobilities’ project is the result of my exploration of this colourful and dynamic world.”
For more information : http://sarakeller.fr/?page_id=428&lang=en
The exhibition questions the diversity of users and vehicles on the Indian roads. It also looks at the recent deep societal changes, and at the vital traffic issues in the quickly developing Indian cities and megacities. The exhibition is an invitation to travel, an inspiration for our imagination and an opportunity to meet the Other and the Elsewhere.
* 40 frames
40 paintings: watercolour and sepia rotring on textured papers of different grammages. ‘Miniature’ format. Frames dimension: from 25 x 32 cm to 29 x 36 cm. 40 frames to discover the different vehicles and users of the Indian road and to unveil witty scenes of a colourful roadside. The watercolour series are loyal to the scientific method of the Index Card and they also strike the playful tone of the sketch and the travel diary.
* 10 banners
10 banners with texts et illustrations reproductions. Format: large (60 x 2,14 cm). The exhibition proposes an artistic breath in the heart of the debate on mobility. It gives a space to observe and step back in order to get a better perspective on the questions related to road and traffic. The banners enhance the visuals with light and gentle textual commentaries.
* Vernissage offered by Stuttgart Municipality Vernissage.
* India Guest of Honour
To look at the Indian road is a way to (re)discover the South Asian public space. It also highlights the issues faced by modern cities, such as the explosion of motorised vehicle numbers, civility and road safety.
* France – Germany
The exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the international dialogue, including the German-French friendship thanks to the support by the city of Strasbourg.
* The book
Illustrated book. 160 pages. Texts and illustrations by Sara Keller. Preface by Annie Montaut, Professor Emeritus of Hindi at the INALCO, Paris.
Special bilingual edition (French-German) printed by the city of Strasbourg.
The project has been covered by the French, German and Indian Press. Check here:
- France: Article by Nathalie Baldji, French journalist and graphic reporter specialized in environment (click on the link for full article);
- India: Article by MEDIA INDIA GROUP (click on the link for full article);
- Germany: Article in the Stuttgarter Zeitung:
All the videos available on YouTube, channel Sara art.
News on FACEBOOK : @indianmobilities