Nourish Exhibition – Artists’ Talk

October 21, 2023 @ 2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Nicholson Project
2310 Nicholson St SE Washington
DC 20020
Allison Nance
Nourish Exhibition - Artists' Talk @ The Nicholson Project

Nourish: Storytelling with Saris

Exhibition Dates: September 10-November 4, 2023

Artist Talk: October 21 from 2-3 pm featuring artists Monica Jahan Bose and Stephanie J. Williams

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays 2-6pm + Saturdays 12 noon – 4pm

In this artist talk, former Artist-in-Residence Stephanie J. Williams will discuss and provide insight into her solo exhibition The Pleasure of Wasted Time, followed by a talk with artist Monica Jahan Bose about her exhibition Nourish: Storytelling with Saris. Both exhibitions are on view at The Nicholson Project through November 4th, 2023.

“Animating stop-motion puppets is perhaps the most inefficient way to make my work. It demands my slowness,” says Williams. The Pleasure of Wasted Time reflects on this slowness and the importance of the care that comes with creating stop-motion films. The exhibition features a series of Williams’ stop motion short films along with an installation of the hand-built puppets, sculptures, and set pieces used in the creation of these films.

Learn more about The Pleasure of Wasted Time.

About Stephanie J. Williams

Stephanie J. Williams is a tinkerer and doodler. Her work primarily navigates hierarchies of taste, unpacking how “official” histories are constructed in order to understand contemporary social coding. She received her MFA in Sculpture from RISD under a Presidential Scholarship, has shown in Fictions, part of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s F-show exhibitions, as well as with Washington Project for the Arts, Lawrence University, the Delaware Contemporary, and the Walters Museum as a Sondheim Finalist, with residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo, Sculpture Space, Williams College, the Nicholson Project, VCCA, and ACRE. Recent projects have screened at the New Orleans Film Festival (Best Animated Short, 2022), Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (Jury Citation, 2022), the Atlanta Film Festival (2023), and Outfest LA LGBTQIA+ Film Festival (2023). She has received support from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Media Studies at Johns Hopkins University and multiple DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowships. She is based in DC/Baltimore and currently teaches stop motion as Full Time Faculty for Maryland Institute College of Art. For more information, visit


Nourish: Storytelling with Saris is an installation of video, drawings, poems, and saris inspired by plants and herbs. Touching the soil and growing food are grounding and nourishing. For the last two years, Bangladeshi-American artist Monica Jahan Bose and DC participants in her Storytelling with Saris project have been connecting with the soil and Earth and food justice issues by nurturing plants on windowsills and planting neighborhood vegetable gardens. This year they planted and harvested in the garden at The Nicholson Project. Bose led a series of planting workshops that included poetry and art inspired by soil and plants. Using performance, sari art, writing, and film, Storytelling with Saris, which commenced in 2012, links DC residents with Bangladeshi coastal women farmers in solidarity to address climate and food injustice.

Learn more about Nourish: Storytelling with Saris.

About Monica Jahan Bose

Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist whose work spans painting, printmaking, film, performance, and public art. Her socially engaged work highlights the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice through co-created workshops, art actions, and temporary installations and performances. Bose uses the sari—a precolonial 18-foot-long unstitched garment that is always recycled and never discarded—to represent women’s lives and the cycle of life on our planet. She has exhibited her work extensively in the US and internationally (20 solo shows, numerous group exhibitions, and more than 25 performances) including solo exhibitions at the Bangladesh National Museum and MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. Her ongoing collaborative project Storytelling with Saris with women farmers from her ancestral island village has traveled to 10 states and seven countries and engaged thousands of people. Her work has appeared in the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, Art Asia Pacific, the Milwaukee Sentinel, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Japan Times, and all major newspapers in Bangladesh. She has a BA in the Practice of Art (Painting) from Wesleyan University, a post-graduate Diploma in Art from Santiniketan, India, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.


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