Events

Apr
22
Thu
2021
Concrete Dreams: Earth Day Talk @ Zoom
Apr 22 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Concrete Dreams: Earth Day Talk @ Zoom

Join artists and climate activists Monica Jahan Bose and Robin Bell for a special Earth Day Talk about their continued artistic collaboration and their new public art project CONCRETE DREAMS.  They will also show stunning footage from their 2020 collaboration Warming Waters on the Georgetown Canal.

What is CONCRETE DREAMS? It’s a temporary public art project that involves the public in Washington DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh. CONCRETE DREAMS is led by Monica Jahan Bose in collaboration with artist and filmmaker Robin Bell and will drape cotton saris and project images and poetry on the facade of the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street, NW, Washington DC. The duration of the installation will be three days in May 2021. There will also be small movable sculptures or “steles” on the sidewalk with poetry phrases written on them. The public has been engaged in zoom and outdoor workshops led by Monica Jahan Bose and co-facilitated by artist Maps Glover in Fall/Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 to compose poetry and art on themes of the pandemic, race, gender, and climate justice. These poems will be placed on the saris, used in projections, and in the movable sculptures. 

ASL interpretation provided. Please email storytellingwithsaris@gmail.com if you need ASL or other language interpretation or any other accommodation.

This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program.

 

May
20
Thu
2021
Concrete Dreams Public Art Project @ DC Arts Center
May 20 @ 4:00 PM – May 23 @ 6:00 PM
Concrete Dreams Public Art Project @ DC Arts Center

Join us to experience CONCRETE DREAMS at the exterior and sidewalk in front of the DC Arts Center in May 2021.  Tentatively scheduled for May 20-23, 2021.  Dates may shift based on weather.  Check here for latest updates.

What is CONCRETE DREAMS? It’s a temporary public art project that involves the public in Washington DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh. CONCRETE DREAMS is led by Monica Jahan Bose in collaboration with light artist Robin Bell and will drape cotton saris and project images and poetry on the facade of the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street, NW, Washington DC. The duration of the installation will be three days in May 2021. There will also be small movable sculptures or “steles” on the sidewalk with poetry phrases written on them. The public has been engaged in zoom and outdoor workshops led by Monica Jahan Bose and co-facilitated by artist Maps Glover in Fall/Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 to compose poetry and art on themes of the pandemic, race, gender, and climate justice. These poems will be placed on the saris, used in projections, and in the movable sculptures. 

ASL interpretation provided. Please email storytellingwithsaris@gmail.com if you need ASL or other language interpretation or any other accommodation.

This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program.

Nov
8
Mon
2021
Shuishuta performance @ Legacy Art Gallery
Nov 8 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Shuishuta performance @ Legacy Art Gallery

DATE IN FLUX DUE TO COVID-19.  STAY TUNED…

I am excited to present my work for the first time in Canada as part of the Gendered Threads of Globalization Conference oganized by Melia Belli-Bose at University of Victoria.  I will be creating a performance as well as lecturing in undergraduate and graduate classrooms. The event has been postponed and is currently planned for November 2021.  Stay tuned for details.  The public lecture/performance will be at the Legacy Gallery, Downtown, 630 Yates St, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

ShuiShuta (Needle & Thread):  an interactive performance/installation

Bangladeshi-American feminist artist Monica Jahan Bose creates a performance with hand-woven saris from Bangladesh, exploring questions of labor, gender & industry, including the inequitable gender impacts of the garment industry and climate change.  Bose uses the hand-woven cotton sari as a symbol for women’s bodies and the cycle of life on our planet.  She invites viewers to join the performance by sewing with her and writing or drawing personal climate pledges on a sari. The sari will later be worn as a garment by a coastal woman in Bangladesh.  The performance is woman-led, but allies of all genders may join. 

Conference details here.