SUSTENANCE: Monica Jahan Bose and Anju Chaudhuri
Curator: Dawne Langford
Exhibition dates: September 5-21, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, September 5, 2019, 6-8 pm
Closing event: Saturday, September 21, 2-4 pm
SUSTENANCE presents the compelling work in printmaking, drawing, and painting of Paris-based artist Anju Chaudhuri and DC-based artist Monica Jahan Bose. Bose learned etching from Chaudhuri, a master printmaker and painter, and the two have been in dialogue for over 10 years. Chaudhuri’s abstract organic images and undulating strokes speak to nature, in balance and disrupted. Bose uses bold lines, symbolic objects, and the iconic sari to refer to the cycle of life and the crisis of climate change.
This is the first exhibition in DC of the internationally-acclaimed Anju Chaudhuri. The exhibition is supported by a Sister Cities Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts).
Anju Chaudhuri: Born in 1941 in Kolkata, India to a family of Bengali intellectuals enamored of tradition, Anju Chaudhuri lives and works in Paris. She grew up in India, nurtured by the Hindu mythology that permeates daily life, and her many journeys between the sea and the mountains. After receiving a diploma in painting in Kolkata, she left at age 18 to study at St Martinâ€™s School of Art in London, then continued at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and then in Amsterdam. Chaudhuri became a master printmaker, learning this art by working side by side with Stanley William Hayter (Atelier 17, Paris). She is renowned internationally for her paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, and hand-made paper.
She takes her main inspiration from nature and the five elements: air, fire, water, earth, and aether. She has felt increasingly alarmed by the disruption of nature by man and has begun creating works responding to climate change. She has exhibited extensively in France and internationally and received numerous awards and commissions. Her works can be found in the collections of several museums throughout the world, including Ville de Paris, Asia Society (NY), Bronx Museum (NY), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi).
Monica Jahan Bose: Born in Britain, Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist and activist whose work spans painting, film, photography, printmaking, performance, and interdisciplinary projects. Her solo projects and performance/installations have been presented at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum, UNESCO, Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Bangladesh National Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival, (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair Miami, the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center, and Civilian Art Projects. In 2019, she created the massive public art project WRAPture, covering five buildings with collaborative saris. She has received numerous grants and commissions. She is the creator of STORYTELLING WITH SARIS, a longterm collaborative art and advocacy project with her ancestral village of Katakhali, Bangladesh. She studies art at Wesleyan University and Santiniketan (India) and has a law degree from Columbia Law School. She currently lives and works in Washington DC.
Image: Anju Chaudhuri,Trees (detail), watercolor and drawing on paper.