Can we come into our nature? “Natura”: Our “birth”. Our “quality” of what makes us unique. Our “Nat”: What we were “born” for. “Nasci”: Be Born. Can we BE what we were born for or or how does our environment shape us?
To be is infinitive, subjunctive, and imperative.
Environment is french word “Environ” which means surrounding and the beautiful surroundings of Art Ichol had a pivotal influence on the shape of the works we created over the Disappearing Dialogues residency.
Over my 10 day residency at Art Ichol, I did not have much of a plan but more of an intention to create something meaningful that would bring awareness to the history of the habitat and create various connections to artistic furniture making and the culture behind the craft and environment in Maihar India.
My surrounding environment brought the works I collaboratively created to life. We managed to find a wood supplier who informed us more about the history of Teak wood. The designs ideas came to me through the surrounding nature and materials within the environment. I felt there was no time to spare and as much as I wanted to rush to try and get it done in time, I learnt so much from the slow stride of the people at Art Ichol who brought ease and calmness to my frantic states as we managed to connect and learn from each other.
Disappearing Dialogues (DD) is a series of interactions with nature, people, culture, practices, and objects that are knocking on the doors of extinction. The project is conceived and curated by artist Nobina Gupta, currently working in the Baghelkhand and Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, in collaboration with Art Ichol, a visual arts centre in Maihar founded by Ambica Beri.
The DD collaborative team of 15 diverse local, national and international professionals in the past one year has developed cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary research, exchanging and co-creating within the local community. It focuses broadly on art, design, architecture, cultural practices, habitual art and craft, heritage and environment creating public awareness about challenges like sustainability and change.
PROJECTS AND PARTICIPANTS
ARCHIVING AWARENESS: BUILDING AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING THROUGH ART
Amritah Sen Visual Artist, Kolkata
Sandeep Dhopate Photographer, Mumbai
Shatarupa Thakurta Roy Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur
Clare Elizabeth Kennedy Architect, Australia
Shilo Engelbrecht Fashion and Textile designer, Australia
Lenny Rubenovitch Furniture Artist, Canada
Nobina Gupta Visual Artist & Project Curator, Kolkata
OPEN FORUM: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS & CO-CREATION
Rita Banerji Filmmaker, Delhi & the North East
Ulrike Reinhard Social reformer, Germany
Shashwati G. Ghosh Odissi dancer, Kolkata
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND ACTIVATION
Nidhi Khurana Textile artist, New Delhi
Abhisheka K Ecological Artist and Educator, Bangalore
Pipson Sebastian Mampilli Entrepreneur on Sustainable Living, Bangalore
SELF-EMPOWERMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Trish Bygott and Nathan Crotty Textile Designers, Australia
Payal Nath Designer and Social Entrepreneur, Kolkata
COLLATERALS FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADULTS
Workshops & Interactions
24-27 NOVEMBER (11- 6 PM)
Ecology Through Games
The Imaginative World
Colours From Nature
Storytelling Through The Lens
Hand Crafted Book Art
Your Color Of Maihar Folk Music
Walking Back To Your Roots
Film Shows & Open Forums
25 NOVEMBER (3- 6 PM)
Interactive Platforms In Archiving & Knowledge Sharing