The Tides/La Marea: Storytelling with Saris
by Monica Jahan Bose
Curator: Simona Amelotti
December 5-12, 2019, from 10 am to 8 pm everyday except Mondays (free admission)
MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Via Nizza, 138, 00198 Roma, Italy
At the red colored “Area Incontri” in the middle of atrium of museum — upper level (floor 1).
The tide is rising, fires are burning, food decreasing. THE TIDES, by Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose, is a site-specific installation and climate lab, using collaborative art, film, writing, testimonials, and performance featuring hand-women cotton saris from Bangladesh. Bose invites the public to join her in writing and drawing on a sari which will later be worn as a garment by a coastal woman from Boseâ€™s ancestral village on Barobaishdia Island, Bangladesh. Bose uses blue saris to represent water, the rising tides, and the circle of life. She seeks to physically and emotionally connect people around the world on the issue of climate change. Since 2012, Boseâ€™s collaborative project STORYTELLING WITH SARIS has traveled around the world, collecting over 1,000 written climate pledges to reduce carbon footprint.
Schedule of events:
Thursday, December 5 from 1 – 8 pm: Join the artist to co-create the floating climate lab in the upper level red floating platform.
Friday December 6 from 11 am – 8 pm: Join the artist in the upper level red floating climate lab for climate art on a sari and climate testimonials.
Saturday December 7 from 4 – 8 pm: Join the artist in the upper level red floating climate lab for climate art on a sari and climate testimonials.
Sunday December 8 from 4 – 6 pm: Conference — film screening, talk, and discussion in AUDITORIUM (Level 0).
Tuesday December 10 from 4 – 8 pm: Join the artist in the upper level red floating climate lab for climate art on a sari and climate testimonials.
Wednesday December 11 from 4 – 8 pm: Performance co-creation workshop – Join the artist in the upper level red floating climate lab to plan and co- create the final performance.
Thursday December 12 from 6 – 7 pm: Performance in the lobby/atrium.
Contact: Monica Jahan Bose firstname.lastname@example.org +1202-509-6282 Whatsapp
Simona Amelotti email@example.com +33687321519 Whatsapp
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 (Paris), Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Bangladesh National Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival (NY), (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair Miami, and the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center (Honolulu). In 2018, she created the large-scale installation FOOTPRINT in Athens as part of the UNESCO World Book Capital celebration at the invitation of the Athenâ€™s Mayorâ€™s Office. In 2019, she created the massive public art project WRAPture, covering five Washington DC buildings with collaborative saris, funded and commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, through the National Endowment on the Arts. She has received numerous grants, awards, and public art commissions. WRAPture was featured by the Smithsonian in its magazine and a short film. She is the creator of STORYTELLING WITH SARIS, a longterm collaborative art and advocacy project with her ancestral village of Katakhali, Bangladesh. STORYTELLING WITH SARIS has traveled to 10 US states and five countries, engaging thousands of people. Bose studied art at Wesleyan University and Santiniketan (India) and has a law degree from Columbia Law School. She currently lives and works in Washington DC.
The project is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Photo credit: Aviva Cashmira; copyright 2019 Monica Jahan Bose, performance still from â€śThe Tides,” Brittany, France, 2019