Storytelling with Saris Earth Day Presentation

April 22, 2021 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Monica Jahan Bose
Storytelling with Saris Earth Day Presentation @ Online

Join artists and climate activists Monica Jahan Bose and Robin Bell for the premiere of the WARMING WATERS film and discussion about their continued collaboration and the new public art project CONCRETE DREAMS.  The online event will take place at April 22 at noon EST on April 21 at 10 pm Bangladesh time.

WARMING WATERS and CONCRETE DREAMS  are public art projects that involve the public in Washington DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh. They are led by Monica Jahan Bose in collaboration with Robin Bell and members of the public.  WARMING WATERS took place in 2020, with an Earth Day Virtual Event and the actual installation delayed to July 2020 on the C&O Canal wall in Georgetown, DC.  CONCRETE DREAMS 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 (planned for May 20-23, depending on weather). There will also be small movable sculptures or “steles” on the sidewalk with poetry phrases written on them through printmaking on plaster. The public has been engaged in zoom and outdoor workshops by Monica Jahan Bose and co-facilitated by artist Maps Glover in Winter/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. This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program.

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