"Punar Janam or Re-Birth"
As the theme for Art Bengaluru 2014 is the Renaissance, the children of Christel House Bangalore, from grades 9 to 12, have created an installation concept “ PUNARJANI or Re- Birth” where every single facet has a meaning, and a dimension of reality that stems from the daily struggles that both they and their families have to face as they negotiate the severe inequalities and deprivation that is part of their world. This concept was developed by the children over a series of discussions and brainstorming sessions with the focus on being as creative as possible - in tribute to the Renaissance - so that the viewer might find a new way of looking at the familiar. And hence the installation was designed with humble everyday material –cardboard boxes, paper plates, metal wire – where the haphazard pile-up of colourfully-painted boxes represents the varying stages that human kind has gone through right from evolution to the modern era, facing and embracing all that has come its way; an inspiration to continue to always look forward and give one’s best, even in the worst of circumstances. Paper plates as well as art works – self-portraits of the artists - dangle and swirl from the ceiling, representing the constant ebb and flow of human emotion. Some of the paper plates have a mirror stuck in their center so that when visitors look at it and see themselves, they know that at the end, every human being – rich, poor, strong or weak - is part of the same world. Lastly, a 3-D model of a seed - fashioned out of metal-wire – completes the structure; the seed being the perfect symbol of Rebirth, that is so apt for the children of Christel House - where everyone is offered new beginnings and an opportunity to succeed in life.