5 Year Plan Jhola Project is an ongoing effort to commission handmade bags, called jholas, from a collective of artisans in northern India. Brought to the collective by a woman from West Bengal, this painting just might be the next jhola design. We’d sport that tiger any day.
Photographer Manjari Sharma’s Darshan graces the cover of Forbes India this month, just as the art book is set to hit stores and mailboxes.
As Sharma put it, “With Diwali approaching, the timing was perfect.” Be sure to check out the entirety of The Darshan Project over at its digital HQ, where you can preview more striking images of Indian deities as re-imagined by the artist.
What if the government decided to bulldoze your entire community to make a new community? Such is the story behind Tomorrow We Disappear, a documentary chronicling the Kathputli Colony, a “tinsel slum” in India that thousands of artists, magicians, performers, acrobats and puppeteers have called home since the 1950s when they made the jungle town their own. Now, plans for development threatens not only the communities existence, but also the culture that the Kathpuli people have established over the past 50 years. Tomorrow We Disappear documents the peoples last days before construction crews set in.