The Tides/La Marea Installation

The Tides/La Marea, Solo exhibition by Monica Jahan Bose 
Curator: Simona Amelotti 
MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Via Nizza, 138, 00198 Roma, Italy 
Dates: December 4-12, 2019

Installation using cotton saris with woodblock printing and painting, single channel video, rice, and snowglobes. Video “The Tides” in collaboration with Leena Jayaswal (running time 6:01 minutes).

Statement: 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 Bose’s ancestral village on Barobaishdia Island, Bangladesh. She also collects from visitors audio and video testimonials about the impacts of climate change. 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.

Photo credit: Nandita Ahmed, all images © 2019 Monica Jahan Bose.

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