SLOW/LENT, A Conversation

June 30, 2020 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Facebook Live
Monica Jahan Bose
SLOW/LENT, A Conversation @ Facebook Live

Please join Washington-DC based artist Monica Jahan Bose and Paris-based musician/songwriter Nirina Lune on Facebook Live for their conversation titled “SLOW: Responding to the Pandemic.”  You do not need a Facebook account to join.  It will be June 30th at 10 am EST, which is 4 pm in France, 3 pm GMT, and 8 pm in Bangladesh.  Add to your calendar by clicking here.

Due to the pandemic, in lieu of meeting in person and creating a performance in Washington DC,  Nirina and Monica are creating a music/sound piece called “Slow/Lent,” inspired by their times of isolation during the pandemic. SLOW responds to the beauty and benefits of slowing down, looking deeper, and shifting our lifestyles toward a more sustainable world.   Please join as the two artists discuss their concept and build this musical piece.  You are invited to be part of the project in process and to submit questions via Facebook Live.   “Slow/Lent” will be released in September in conjunction with a discussion between Nirina and Monica, which will broadcast live on radio and social media platforms. This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Monica Jahan Bose: Born in Britain, Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist, lawyer, and activist whose work spans performance, painting, film, photography, printmaking, and interdisciplinary projects. Her solo projects and performance/installations have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum, Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Bangladesh National Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival, (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair Miami, the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center, and many other venues. Bose currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. and Bangladesh. She studied art at Wesleyan University (USA) and Santiniketan (India) and has a law degree from Columbia University (USA). She lived in Paris from 2006-2010 and had solo and duo exhibitions at Galerie Deborah Zafman and UNESCO and was selected for the 2010 Prix Marin Exhibition. Bose has received numerous commissions and awards, including four grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (through the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts) and a 2015 commissioned performance for Nuit Blanche DC.

She is the creator of STORYTELLING WITH SARIS, a longterm collaborative art and advocacy project with her ancestral village of Katakhali, Bangladesh. In December 2015, Bose partnered with the International Centre on Climate and Development to create a climate awareness workshop in Katakhali, Bangladesh. As an artist originating from Katakhali, Bose brings her history into contemporary art, translating these experiences into immersive site-based work. Her heritage and community may drown under the Indian Ocean.

Nirina Lune:  Born in 1983 in Paris, France to a mother with roots in Madagascar, Nirina Lune is a French-Malagasy performer based in Paris. Her music incorporates soul, blues and experimental influences to envelop the listener like the movements of sands, where siren voices mingle with telluric beats. She explores the facets of feminine power and sensuality to transcend her heartbreaks. In 2019, she released “Femme Fountain” an album of songs that she produced and wrote herself. She has performed her music in numerous venues in France. In 2019, she co-created and performed a collaborative performance WATER RESISTANCE at the gallery The Window and the adjacent streets with artist Monica Jahan Bose. Dozens of people joined the performance, including people in the street. Nirina is bilingual in English and French and has been invited to run workshopson writing and performance.

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