Events

Oct
11
Mon
2021
Reimagining the Global Village @ Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Oct 11 @ 2:03 AM – Dec 4 @ 3:03 AM

Group Exhibition, Curated by Nirmal Raja, featuring approximately 30 artists and collaborations, at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Exhibition dates: October 11 – December 4, 2021

Zoom Panel “Climate Change & Sustainability: Transnational Perspectives in Art,” Oct. 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m. CST (7:30 pm EST), with Monica Jahan Bose, Pamela Longobardi, Jill Sebastian and Liz Bacchuber

Register for October 28 panel here.

See online exhibition content here.

For the exhibition, I created the installation “Shift” featuring five white collaborative saris, rice, dal, and brass containers, along with my soundpiece “Slow” with French musician Nirina Lune.  Shift is an installation that explores the idea of shifting our lifestyles in response to the climate crisis. The 18-foot-long cotton saris are handwoven Bangladeshi pre-colonial garments covered in woodblock prints and drawings and writings by Bose, Bangladeshi women, and people in Europe and the United States. The pandemic, by slowing us down, has highlighted the environmental impacts of our “normal” hectic life of overconsumption, commuting, and travel, leading to the heating of our planet, disruption of agriculture, and food insecurity.

Image:  Monica Jahan Bose
Shift, 2021
Woodblock and painting on handwoven-cotton saris, rice, dal, brass vessels
Approximately 10' x 12' x 6'
Shift is an installation that explores the idea of shifting our lifestyles in response to the climate crisis. The 18-foot-long cotton saris are handwoven Bangladeshi pre-colonial garments covered in woodblock prints and drawings and writings by Bose, Bangladeshi women, and people in Europe and the United States. The pandemic, by slowing us down, has highlighted the environmental impacts of our “normal” hectic life of overconsumption, commuting, and travel, leading to the heating of our planet, disruption of agriculture, and food insecurity.

 

 

 

Nov
8
Tue
2022
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.