Restart The Art: Meeting Keshab

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Today I met my artistic partner, Keshab, a 34 year old Nepalese man, working as a security guard in Dubai. He’s been in this lively city for 9 years leaving behind his beautiful wife Goma and 4-months old daughter, Kritika. I ask him what ‘Kritika’ means and with the help of the translator, I understand it’s a word to describe a higher characteristic, a good, well starred person “just like Mother Teresa” he says. He tells me his marriage was out of love and that later they arranged to get married. Keshab is obviously a sensitive man and very likeable. He simply loves to be happy and seems to be a very easy going person who is respectful to others, believes in aspiring to achieve more and better, and really cares about the world especially when it comes down to the well-being of children and animals and our environment. He shares his answers with me and I find that we have more in common then I initially expected.

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1. What is your dream in life?

. When a person is born, we all have one dream that the rich or poor are treated with respect.

. Children should progress in education.

. Child trafficking should be stopped.

. Those who want to destroy the world by making weapons, these dangerous activities should be stopped. It should be everyone’s responsibility to keep our environment clean.

2. What is your greatest pain?

. If my dream is not fulfilled, that is my only pain.

. Animals should be protected. All countries should come forward to plan something to protect them. Trees and small plants should not be cut. Greenery is very necessary for humans and animals too. If this does not happen then that gives me pain too. Whatever I have written should be fulfilled; this is my dream.

3. What is your greatest joy?

. I love sports like football and cricket.

. I want my family to be with me, and keeping them happy always is my priority.

. I love traveling to different towns.

. Reading stories and writing poetry is my hobby.

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I didn’t get a chance to share my answers with Keshab, but I did tell him that all of these issues, dreams, pains and joys are very similar to mine. He then shared his drawings with me and I thought it was very interesting what he chose to draw. Instead of painting one main A3 art work like his fellow artists, he painted mini drawings of animals, everyday things he owns and best of all, a greatly-detailed Buddha statue, and Mount Everest! When I asked him about the tools and medium he used, he said that at first the team did not provide him with a brush, so he used a tissue paper with water colour in one of his main drawings and I thought that funny but also very resourceful of him.

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Now the next step is the biggest. It’s where I come in and complete what Keshab had already started and try to bring both of our stories into a beautiful resulting work. It shouldn’t be very difficult seeing that we both share a lot in common and the fact he’s actually a good artist.

I really wish Keshab the best in life and what I can take from this meeting today is that although it wasn’t surprising to find out how us humans we are basically the same, but that it was refreshing to have a conversation with a person who is completely out of your social circle and the kind of conversation that delves into dreams and hopes, hobbies and interests and a lot of art!

Wish us luck!

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Restart The Art: Dubai

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There’s an artistic initiative happening in Dubai called Restart The Art. It’s led by the guys from The Sameness Project, a group of social innovators based in Dubai who are basically spreading goodness and most importantly changing a lot about what we once knew about this city we live in. Some of the projects they’ve carried out include giving away water to workers, connecting neighbours with each other, and facilitating conversations between strangers.

With Restart The Art, the group are again targeting labourers in Dubai and teaming them up with accomplished and aspiring artists for the aim of transforming the plain stained white labour buses into moving canvases of artistic expression.

So far the team has already picked their participating labour men and asked them 3 questions to which they had to answer with art. Next stop is our turn, the ‘artistic directors’ who will also be answering these 3 questions with our own art.

The questions are:

1. What is your dream in life?

2. What is your greatest pain?

3. What is your greatest joy?

Seemingly straight forward questions yet require a lot of thought and imagination.

I’m personally very excited to be part of this initiative; I can’t wait to meet my partner and find out his story, and I can’t wait to see what he’s created! I love art and more so, I love the expression of good behaviour and I really applaud the guys at The Sameness Project for not only their hard efforts, but their truly creative campaigns and projects that make these initiatives really fun.

I’ll be sharing updates from the project as we go along and hopefully get you all as excited as I am! Stay tuned!!

 

Good wishes,

Malda

The Good Human Project