Last night we hit Andrew Richard Designs for Captured, an evening of art both hosted and created by Toronto nightlife fixture Zark Fatah. The event showcased Fatah’s intimate images of India to raise funds for the country’s impoverished youth through the YP-run charity Artbound. If you’ve partied in Toronto at all, you’ve likely ended up at one of Fatah’s many establishments: Maison Mercer, Blowfish, or the former Century Room come Everleigh.
For a guy like Fatah who knows everyone, then, it came as no shock that the venue was packed with pretty party people. This included the usual suspects on the Toronto scene and vaguely familiar-looking art-lovers alike, along with notable guests like Jessica and Ben Mulroney, Melissa Grelo and Aliya-Jasmine Sovani.
We weren’t sure what to expect when it came to the photos and were completely captivated by the twenty-two images showcased and sold at the exhibition. They featured photos of locals with subjects ranging in age from small children to old men. Admittedly, some tugged at the heartstrings, while others conveyed images of hope.
For those still in the dark, Artbound is a Toronto-based non-profit volunteer effort that works in support of Free the Children and helps create sustainable change in developing countries through funds raised by arts initiatives. Founded by Toronto young professionals Amanda Alvaro, Jason Dehni and Katie Telford in 2010, the organization partners with artists and passionate arts people to raise funds needed to build sustainable infrastructure like schools, medical care facilities and alternative income programs.
Artbound started by fundraising and building a village for the arts in Kenya. As the organization continues to support that project, efforts are also directed towards building a sustainable village in Rajasthan, India. As you may recall, one of our favourite Artbound initiatives is Artbound’s The pARTy, held every year in late September.
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Images by: Pedro Marques @tdotSPOT & Anat Moshkovich