On the ferry

On the overnight ferry (“launch”) now. My portable modem is working and they have electrical outlets to charge my stuff! Nandita and I are planning out our strategy for documenting the project with photo and video.

by Monica Bose on January 18th, 2013
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Update 5: Leaving for Ferry

We are in Dhaka, Bangladesh and leaving for the ferry terminal very soon to start our journey to Katakhali. It will be approximately 24 hours by “launch” ferry boat to Rangabali Village in Choto Baishdia Island. Then we will take a smaller boat to Barabaishdia...

by Monica Bose on January 17th, 2013
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Arrival in Dhaka

We made it to Dhaka, Bangladesh last night after more that 24 hours of travel door-to-door from Washington DC. Wonderful to finally be here! Cool, sunny weather here — I am wearing a shawl as it is colder than usual. Spent a productive day buying...

by Monica Bose on January 14th, 2013
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Leaving for Bangladesh

I am leaving for Bangladesh Saturday to work on “Her Words: Storytelling with Saris.” Thanks for all the interest from people all over the globe in helping to photograph/film the project. I am excited to announce that Bangladeshi filmmaker Nandita Ahmed will be working with...

by Monica Bose on January 10th, 2013
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Update 4: Exhibition Premiere

Exhibition premieres in September! I have some exciting news: the Her Words project will be premiered in the opening Fall 2013 exhibition (September 9 to October 19, 2013) at the beautiful gallery of the Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood Arts Exchange, in Brentwood, MD just outside...

by Monica Bose on January 6th, 2013
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Update 3: Workshop

We did a workshop on woodblock printing on fabric in a school (on a holiday) in Mirpur, Dhaka. These amazing women taught me how to do woodblock printing. We tested our colors and made several saris. Here’s a short video: Because of the monsoons, I...

by Monica Bose on August 9th, 2012
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Update 2: Test Prints

I worked with Mahmuda Hossain Lina, Katakhali project coordinator, to learn how to make woodblock prints on fabric. We ran tests of the some of the blocks. The first sari print in progress was put on display at the Dhaka Art Center gallery. Photos of...

by Monica Bose on July 25th, 2012
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Update 1: Woodblocks

I have been in Dhaka, Bangladesh for 12 days now and have gotten the first batch of woodblocks made — they look fantastic! The woodblocks were made from drawings that I made, based on recurring motifs in my own work. I also added some words...

by Monica Bose on July 14th, 2012
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Project Kickoff

Talk at 39th St Gallery and Open Studio Party On June 24, I am leaving for Bangladesh to start “Her Words: Storytelling with Saris,” an exciting sari printmaking and story project with women of my ancestral village who have recently learned to read. The project...

by Monica Bose on June 6th, 2012
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