Do You Want To Make A Difference? Here's How:
"I strive to tear down borders and overcome distances with my artwork. While I explore the great variety of different cultures and individual characters, I also zoom in on an individual’s emotions - worries and joys, fears and hopes, sorrows and luck, passions and ambitions.“
~ Seona Sommer
I have always felt the desire to do something and make change possible so that somewhere a small part of the world becomes a better place. I care about people everywhere and I fancy the somewhat naive idea that everyone everywhere should be happy. My commitment to humanity and diversity is not limited to canvases. As I paint people I feel that I want to give something back. I feel that I want to zoom in even more and show that I care.
When I paint an individual human being there is always a bigger story behind that painting. Sometimes I know the model and then I also know their story. But more than often I do not know the model and then the story unfolds in other manners. Sometimes the narrative is completely told by my own creative mind, which again has been formed by the entirety of all my experiences, all my aquired knowledge, and to a great extent by my emotions.
And sometimes the story is related to someone else I know and their story and mine become intertwined. This also happened when I met Indian photographer Anjan Gosh and when I started painting portraits based on his photos. We share a very similar mission of using art as a means of connecting to people and taking action to bring change to people in need.
Own an exclusive piece of original artwork and participate in the project: All my paintings are based on Anjan's photographs (The Gosh Series) are part of the project. In case of sales, 10 % of the proceeds will be donated to people or projects in rural India or in the slums of the big cities such as Kolkata. If you do not feel in a position now to purchase an artwork, we glady accept your donation, however small it may be. Scroll down to learn more about our current projects:
- Supporting the Red Volunteers helping out in Kolkata during the COVID crisis.
- Supporting a Kolkata based artist living in the slums.
Meet: The Red Volunteers
Kolkata | India
(All photos by Anjan Gosh.)
“The second wave of the virus has had a massive impact on the entire country, but more so on the people belonging to the so called lower strata of society. With most of these people being daily labourers, the imposed lockdown has taken away that as well. In times like this, we should all put our foot forward, thank God for our privilege and give back to the society, because this pandemic is a human tragedy. Me, along with a few others, are trying to do our bit to ensure that these people at least do not starve themselves to death.” ~Anjan Gosh
The Red Volunteers, a private volunteer organization in West Bengal, India, are currently doing everything they can 24/7 in order to help the people in need and affected by the Covid crisis who do not receive any help from the government or elsewhere. Some of them have already suffered losses of lived ones themselves. Like Soumya Ghosh who was helping out and carrying oxygen cylinders for others already shortly after his own father had died from Covid. On their motorbikes these people rush to whereever they are needed. They bring prepared meals, help with hospital admissions, arrange for medicines and oxygen cylinders and even assist in cremations.
The Volunteers are well organized in teams of 10-15, each one of them focusing on a specific area. They are mostly young people and step in where others are scared or just can’t, attending to over 3,000 calls daily.
If you wish to help too, please get in touch with me or donate directly to my friend Anjan Ghosh in Kolkata at his PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org The money you send will go directly and 100% to the people in need. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Meet: Debashish Chatterjee
Kolkata | India
(Text and photos by Anjan Gosh.)
"We would like to bring to your attention the works of an immensely talented artist whom I, Anjan, have had the fortune to know for the last 20 years- Debashish Chatterjee. After travelling around the world, when I came back to Kolkata, I decided to look for my long lost friend Debashish Chatterjee. We met in the year 1998 at Birla School of Fine Arts. Soon from classmate we came good friends. After we passed out due to career choices we lost contact and when I returned to my city, I meant to look for him."
"But the big question was where to find him. The only place that came to my mind was his small room in a slum in Kolkata where he used to live during college days. However, while going there I also hoped not to find him there since I believed his talent must have taken him to a better place- maybe he owns a car and a nice house. Unfortunately, I found him thesame way he was during college days. I thought how could such a talented artist did not grow in his career. It seemed that for earning a penny also became difficult for him since he is also differently-abled. I made sure to do something for my friend so I approached my colleague Seona Sommer in Germany to promote his work to help him generate livelihood. We would like to request you all to come forward to help my friend promote his work which, in turn, will help in making his life better."
Anjan Ghosh | India
These are some of Debashish Chatterjee's artworks:
"My intention is not to show poverty or the poorness of Indian villages, but to portray something which would eventually come in aid of the rural people. A few of my like-minded friends are becoming aware of my intention, are showing interest to take some positive actions. We have taken a pledge that by this, if we can at least try to ‘change’ the life of one family in any part of our state; or in India, we would be greatly obliged."