Artists and photographers are joining together in a bid to help those in desperate need amid the major battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, we reported the group of New Yorkers who bounded together to sell prints in aid of local hospitals and, now, the same is occurring on the other side of the world as India battles against a meteoric and devastating rise in cases and deaths as the pandemic takes over the world’s second-most populous nation.
The second wave of Covid to hit India is the worst seen across the globe. In what began in March, the country has failed to implement sufficient social distancing measures, a problem that has seen the pandemic peak at more than 400,000 recorded daily cases.
With hospitals beyond breaking point, the overcrowding, lack of staff and sufficient medical equipment and beds has resulted in a catastrophic surge in confirmed deaths.
Now, in response, Art for India has been launched in a bid to help the cause. Like the New York movement, the institution is selling prints for £100, all of which have been created by 11 artists from India. The charitable effort is set up in a bid to raise money for the coronavirus relief group Mission Oxygen.
“India is battling through one of the world’s deadliest surges of the COVID-19 pandemic with the death toll continuing to rise relentlessly,” Art for India explained. “On Saturday 1 May, there were a record 401,993 new cases and 3,523 deaths. The world’s second most populous nation is in deep crisis, with hospitals and morgues completely overwhelmed.”
Adding: “Art For India is an online print sale to raise urgent funds for India’s COVID-19 relief, supporting Mission Oxygen. Renowned artists from India, the diaspora and friends have united around this urgent cause, donating some of their most loved and striking imagery. Artists including Bharat Sikka, Prarthna Singh, Kalpesh Lathigra, Ashish Shah and Avani Rai have all donated photographs for the sale.”
View a selection of the items below, and donate to Mission Oxygen if you’re able to.