Recollection, exhibited at Hotel Skeppsholmen in 2015, was a collection of new paintings created by Shai Dahan for the purpose of supporting Project Playground through art. The works were entirely inspired by his time at Project Playground’s children and youth center in the township of Langa in South Africa, where he created outdoor mural works and spent time with the children. The artwork, sold at a private art exhibit in Stockholm in September 2015 (hosted by Project Playground). All sales went 100% to Project Playground.
The works were created on reclaimed metal, wood and other materials that have been found and collected in Langa, some of which have authentic bullet holes to symbolise the world and environment the children are in. Imagery in this collection are inspired or directly taken from photographs Dahan took, or subjects he saw during his time in South Africa. The idea is that by creating new works on the reclaimed items, it provides them with a new purpose; to permanently capture a moment in time. By having the proceeds go back to Langa, it has done a full circle of being able to give back to the cause the art is supporting.
Dahan has said that this is his most emotional work thus far in his art career: ”No matter how difficult the situations I witnessed there, I was surprised to find that the children still find time to laugh. Time to paint. Time to play. I remember them vividly and there are a lot of emotions poured into these art pieces. It isn’t just Still Life that I am being inspired by; these are actual moments from my time in South Africa.”
All proceeds from Recollection go directly to Project Playground.