WARMING WATERS public art installation
Artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose and multimedia artist and video journalist Robin Bell present WARMING WATERS, a temporary public art project, draping the C&O Canal wall in Georgetown behind Blue Bottle Coffee with massive colorful cotton fabric saris from Bangladesh covered with printmaking and writing about climate change by residents of Washington and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh along with video projections on the saris in the evening. The temporary installation will be for three consecutive days from July 23-25, 2020 and is open for viewing from sunrise until 10 pm. The projections will be in the evenings from 9-10 pm, weather permitting. All visitors to the installation must wear masks and practice social distancing. We will have circles marked for households to sit together separated from others. Please bring a blanket if you wish. Limited tickets available for the projections each night. Please order here.
Dedication: Thursday, July 23 at 8 pm, followed by projections. ASL interpretation will be provided. Contact us for other languages or accommodations. Stay tuned for more details. Do wear a mask or face covering if you come to view this outdoor installation and maintain six-foot distance from people who not part of your household.
We will also be livestreaming the Dedication and the projections at https://www.facebook.com/StorytellingWithSaris/live
This temporary public art project combines the communities in Washington DC and Katakhali Village in Bangladesh to fabricate, assemble and drape saris and video projections on the C&O Canal wall in Georgetown. Birthed from the ongoing seven-year-old project Storytelling with Saris, these massive blue and white saris will be covered with customized woodblock printmaking, hand-painted images, and writings about climate change.
WHAT IS WARMING WATERS? It’s a climate justice art collaboration involving dozens of members of the public. Residents of DC help fabricate the project through a series of workshops, which include printmaking from the women of Katakhali Village. As part of the project, DC residents learn about climate change and renewable energy, and add their own stories to the saris. The projections will show the participants making the saris, highlighting their handwritten climate pledges and art. WARMING WATERS marries fiber art with new media.
This project is funded by a Public Art Building Communities Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.