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“Climate and Actions: Storytelling with Saris” at Anacostia Arts Center
Saturday, May 9
By Anya van Wagtendonk â€˘ May 8, 2015
Residents of Katakhali, a rural village on a remote island far off the southern coast of Bangladesh, have struggled against the impacts of climate change over the last decades. Cyclones have repeatedly torn through this farm-dependent community, rendering soil infertile and economic opportunities scarce, and a rising tide has generated fear for the islandâ€™s very survival. D.C.-based artist Monica Jahan Bose, whose family comes from Katakhali, started her multimedia â€śStorytelling with Sarisâ€ť project to merge art with climate activism, leading art and writing workshops with 12 local women to help document their lives on a changing island. The resulting art objectsâ€”large-scale prints on sari fabric, journal entries, and a video of the processâ€”are part of a travelling exhibition, â€śClimate and Actions,â€ť in which visitors are encouraged to think about and address their roles in climate change. By focusing on womenâ€™s lives, using their traditional garb as artistic medium and strengthening literacy through storytelling and writing classes, Bose is celebrating a communityâ€™s steps toward gender equality, even in the face of an uncertain future. The exhibition is on view May 8 to June 6 at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. (202) 631-6291. anacostiaartscenter.com.