SWIMMING public art project

SWIMMING, a temporary public art project by Monica Jahan Bose, explores the deep and essential connections we have to water as our world faces increased flooding, drought, and rising sea levels due to climate change. Participants in DC and Bangladesh join workshops to co-create poetry and art inspired by the healing properties of water and swimming and by inequities in access. SWIMMING features an outdoor “pool” of art-embellished saris, along with a VideoSoundscape, performances, film screenings, and poetry. The project is part of the ongoing climate justice collaboration Storytelling with Saris.

Lead Artist: Monica Jahan Bose

Curator: Sarah Tanguy

DCPS Collaboration: Valeria Monfrini, Art Teacher, Marie Reed Elementary School

Photography/Livestream: Paris Preston

Sound design:  Sonia Herrero

Marketing design/Social media: Jen Saavedra

Press/media inquiries: Kelly Davidson. Email: Phone: 301-300-4011

Funded by the DC Commission on the Arts are Humanities.

Community partners: The Adams Morgan Partnership BID, Marie Reed Elementary School & Aquatic Center, The DC Arts Center, Calvary Womens Services, and Moms Clean Air Force.

Exhibition Schedule (Outdoor events are weather dependent — check for updates!):

Location:  Marie Reed Plaza, 2201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Exhibition dates June 6-20, 2024

Thursday, June 6, 2024 @ 5-8 PM: Opening Event. With dedication, poetry recital, and livestream starting @ 6 pm. ASL provided.

Saturday, June 8, 2024 @ 3-5 pm: Artist/curator walkthrough talk at site  ASL provided.

Tuesdays, June 11 & 18, 2024 @ 7:30 pm: Walkthrough tour and screening “Swimming” short film as part of Adams Morgan Movie Night (at dusk).

Saturday, June 15, 2024 @ 5 pm: Performance 

June 20, 2022 Final Day



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