WED 2013 : Avoiding waste. Outsider art. Donation meals… World Environment Day is on its way!

WED 2013 - Raxa Collective

On June 5, we’ll celebrate World Environment Day. This year UNEP focuses on the theme Food waste/Food Loss. At Raxa Collective we’ll be carrying out actions and sharing experience and ideas. Come and join us with your ideas and tips to preserve foods, preserve resources and preserve our planet.

Installation by Chandran at the Kumily Akasha Parava credit Ea Marzarte - Raxa Collective

Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating World Environment Day at the Kumily Sneshashram, a long-term shelter for homeless, disabled and elderly people. Locals call this place run by Franciscan sisters, “Akasha parava”: birds in the sky. We’ll be bringing a special meal and one of the people we will be working with is Chandran, the artist behind this brilliant installation made of coffee tins, religious artefacts, procession lights and flowers. Meet Chandran…

Local artist Sundhar in his room at the Kumily Akasha Parava (c) Ea Marzarte - Raxa Collective

Chandran belongs to a long line of outsider artists, self-taught creators, may of them are inspired by religion and many of them take so-called ‘trash’ to turn it into art, primarily because they don’t have any other material else on hand. This very lack of means is what makes their craft different from upcycling.

The Museum of Everything ,who gathers pieces from outsider artists around the world defines them as “the untrained, unintentional, undiscovered and unclassifiable artists of modern times”.

Yesterday, during our weekly food delivery, pensioners proudly showed us Chandran’s work.

A resident at Akasha Parava credit Ea Marzarte - Raxa Collective

His art made a great impression on me and it seems to bring a positive vibe to many people’s lives. Seeing what is precious in the world that surrounds us makes us all feel better. What are you doing for World Environment Day ? Tune in tomorrow to follow our activities at Akasha Parava.

2 thoughts on “WED 2013 : Avoiding waste. Outsider art. Donation meals… World Environment Day is on its way!

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