The exhibition "Borderless Gandhi presents Mahatma in Colour", is an exclusive curation of photographs presented at Parliament House of Western Australia and Perth Airport T1 (International Terminal 1) in Perth, Western Australia in October 2018.
The act of overlaying colour onto the photos, as factual representations, involves a contemporary interpretation of each scene and the application of modern visualisations. This creative act, enabled through modern technology, transforms them into individual, contemporary artistic representations of Gandhi’s life.
As a collection, the photographs present and re-present Mahatma Gandhi and the relevance of his values of peace, equality and nonviolence in a way that allows audiences of all ages to interpret and connect with the message that is inherent in them.
There is still enormous value in the contemplation of these images and their message. It is especially important for our young people as the exhibition will allow them to reflect on the peace and tranquillity of Perth and on the possibility of nonviolence as a way of resolving problems they might face.
The exhibition consists of photographs of Mahatma Gandhi taken throughout his adult life and collected by the GandhiServe Foundation. Shot in the early 1900s, the original photos were in black and white, representing the social and environmental context of his time.
The work of collecting the photographs was started by Mahatma Gandhi's son, Devadas Gandhi, while Mahatma Gandhi was alive, and recently finalised by the GandhiServe Foundation. The photographs were gathered in a book along with contributions from Gandhi scholars, historians, photo experts and graphic designers.
To reveal the continuing relevance of Gandhi’s message, and as the name suggests, for “Mahatma in Colour” the photographs have been digitally restored and coloured. Out of more than 1,000 collected photographs, 108 have been presented in Canada, the United Kingdom and India.