Due to the Covid-19 emergency, we will be doing an online event on April 22 for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and postposing the public outdoor events to the summer. The livestream will be at https://www.facebook.com/StorytellingWithSaris/ Stay tuned for further details.
Artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose and multimedia artist and video journalist Robin Bell present WARMING WATERS, a temporary public art project, using 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.
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 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. 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. The installation on the C&O Canal is now postponed to the July 22-25, 2020.
WHAT MAKES WARMING WATERS SO UNIQUE? Itâ€™s 100% wrapped in community engagement and environmental education. 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.
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 8, 2020. 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 womenâ€™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.