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The sixth edition of the Crack International Art Camp was recently held at Dhaka on 30 December 2012. Over 30 artists from six south Asian countries participated in this camp.

 

The camp, an initiative of a few young activists in different cultural fields, focuses on promoting young artists and thinkers by helping them discover and nurture their talent on an international basis. The objective of the camp was to accelerate the exchange of thoughts, ideas, concepts and beliefs by bringing together a varied set of multi-cultural participants. I had the pleasure of representing Pune at this Art Camp. I am highly grateful to Satadru Sovan and Shawon Akand for inviting me to share my thoughts, work and ideas.

 

Born and brought-up in Pune, I had decided to become a painter when I was 13. Though initially reluctant about my decision, my parents supported me in pursuing this not-so-glamorous career option. I have studied Drawing and Painting from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya Pune in 2003. Though I was initially attracted by the use of oil paints for its vibrancy; over a period of time, I have experimented with many other mediums such as Rusty material, Assemblage art, Found objects and installations. I firmly believe that an artist’s work is only restricted by her imagination and hence, I strive to explore newer dimensions in art.

 

Crack International Art Camp is a multidisciplinary art initiative. Artists are encouraged to do artworks in different mediums, especially site specific and environment friendly artworks made by local materials are expecting in this art camp.

 

Concept

"Achinpur"/unconscious "Achinpur" (literary meaning- unknown place) is a very common term in baul song and baul philosophy in Bengal. But what is the meaning of Achinpur? Where is that place? What is the infrastructure and who are the inhabitants of that unidentified land? Is that the same thing what Sigmund Freud mentioned as unconscious? If it is so what is the form, character and tendency of that achinpur/unconscious? Participating artists will create their artworks concerning this theme in their own way in various medium in this art camp. The development of concept Since the work revolves around the ‘unconscious’, process of work will be an entirely research oriented, where the final work will be accompanied with the facts and experience collected during process. The presence and role of unconscious has been a fascinating topic to me. It is captivating to me to think that something we are so unaware of can have such a profound impact on our behavior. Role of unconscious is to hold emotions, pain, and ways of being that are too painful. This work was sight specific installation. I have always been fascinated by the power of un-conscious mind. I’m captivated by the fact that something we are so unaware of can have such a profound impact on our behavior. A Dream Catcher is a handmade object based on a willow hoop which is usually hung over the bed. It is believed that bad dreams will be caught in it and perish where as good dreams will flow right through it.

 

Execution of work

It’s a great pleasure, Crack international art camp offer an opportunity to expand own resources, whether in the form of community, support, access to equipment, collaborators, or presentation of my work. Provide accommodation, space and exhibition which are most important for artist. Workplace is most important for me camp provided that too. In one week (7 days) camp, the intention is to interact with local people, to share my thoughts, work and ideas, personally I explore city, market for my work, go around the city and clicked photograph, and found objects, visit flea market and collect material for sight specific installation and through my work definitely reflect the social and cultural exchange.

 

Work

The Dream Catcher

Art for me is a way to communicate something. It’s nothing fashion, it’s nothing good or bad. Its communicate something which you can’t read. Art is a kind of invention. Art is all around you, I think it’s not only in the ability to paint, sketch, and draw but in other media as well, in every shape and form. My current work continues this investigation of Oppression in our society; I am more interested researching in female identity. This work was sight specific installation. ‘Unconscious’ here I use fish catcher, paper, hammer with pink satin ribbon, cactus, Doily, and Pomegranate, metal wire and tree disease part .Here doily is a small cloth piece with pattern of little holes in it. In doily I hang tree disease small parts that are stands for negativity or considered very bad like oppression in our society which was caught out through dream catcher. Hammer hangs over cactus for smashing male dominance and on tree branches I hang fish catchers which flow out good, positivity through white paper stripes.

 

Process and working tendency

I don’t like to rush the process at all. I want to take time over everything. I also greatly influenced by the people around me, I explore market place a lot during that time I like to photograph and collect things that inspires my work. I’ll catch something , conversation with friends and it sparks something, there is no protocol. I’m not really sure, I’m still struggle with recognize myself. I think I am constantly learning when it comes to creating art, even though what I do I think being an artist, means freedom. It’s a great pleasure.


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My current Project deals with involving myself as an artist with Oppression, Exploitation, and Patriarchy”. Men control women’s production, reproduction and sexuality. It imposes masculinity and femininity character stereotypes in society which strengthen the iniquitous power relations between men and women. I believe that all women are feminists. At first when we were discussing Feminism in class, I was thinking that I am not a feminist. I care about women and our rights as equal human beings and issues that deal with women, so I realized that, I am a feminist, but only to a certain extent. I wouldn’t say that I am a "crazy" feminist in the sense that I am negative towards men or anything but because I am a woman I do really care about other women. It seems to me that the word "Feminist or Feminism", is immediately looked upon as a negative thing. I don’t believe that it is. Just because women care about their rights and the rights of other women, equality and so on, doesn’t mean that that's a bad thing. Yes, protests and rally can go too far and that is where Feminism gets a bad rep. But in reality, it is all just because women care!! It is in our nature. Feminism is belief in equality.

 

Feminism is about equality of life and lifestyle regardless of social class. It’s not for upper class. It’s for everyone who is being oppresses due to sex. Women are equals of men, resulting in attempts to put end to male dominance. It has been an important theme for artist of this period. Many contemporize artist have used their work as a means of social protest against unequal gender relations, Also some have questioned the status of these relations with in the art world itself.

 

The development of the concept

I want to translate emotions and sensitivities through works. , The main aim is here how women often faces of patriarchal control, exploitation and oppression the material and ideological levels of women’s labour,fertility and sexuality, in the family, at the place of work and in society in general, and conscious action by women and men to transform the present situation”. Here I use Rusty material, found objects. I have found it to be really live and interesting media. I’m always amazed when I find a new way or technique of working. I think work with found objects will always be my passion. I have experiment with many other mediums but I find found objects more interesting and easier to manipulate.

 

Execution of work

Since the work revolves around the” Oppression” process of work will be an entirely research oriented, where the final work will be accompanied with the facts and experience collected during process. These all works are Assemblage art. Assemblage is an artistic process in visual art. It consists of making three dimensional or two dimensional artistic compositions by putting together find objects. I am interested to explore flea market around my studio because of old and used goods are sold cheaply. I have been collecting fragments, bits and parts, iron, rusty material, objects from 2011. Each object that I find speaks about Oppression.

 

Works

Oppression 1

The work Oppression is mostly related to women. I hang up one old pane window which I find on construction site and one iron in flea market, one screen printing positive I use here. Through this work I focused on how women face oppression in society through prostitution. That iron normally use for clear drainage, would like to suggest here clean pathetic prostitution business from society

 

Oppression 2

In this work I use here old window with leather belt, Barbie doll, nails, black leather piece, paper holder, Telephone. Each object speaks about oppression towards women. Nails, belt suggest how painful it is…and again here telephone stands for prostitution (call girl), black leather presents negativity.

 

Oppression 3

In this work I uses metal mouse trap with inside bulb and hanging Pink purse. Here would like to suggest a woman always faces sexual exploitation in society.

 

Oppression 4

In this work I use old window, with bicycle bells, cotton slip with pink satin ribbon, metal triangle made by rods, hammer, and black men’s shoes. Hammer hangs over shoes, here’s using hammer suggests smashing patriarchy, male dominance in society.

 

Oppression 5 and 6

These are Photomontages. Photomontage uses cut-up photographs, usually from newspapers, magazines, or other printed sources, which are severed from their original context and juxtaposed with other images, text, and graphic elements, leaving the joins visible. The technique at once references, disrupts, and moves beyond the realism of photographs. Through this work would like to show sexual exploitation.

 

Process and working tendency

My artistic practice is engaged with the Oppression, my journey of all these years has helped me in building up a strong sense of visual language that not only talks about my experience but also the complete change that me as a person has gone through in relation with the society. While working on object I go through a research, knowing about its transformed form and hence the relevance of it in today’s life. For me these aspects were very close to me. Another aspect important in my works, as mentioned, I always try to concentrate the process of transformation that an object goes through and the kind of reaction it produces with its changed context. I have experiment with many other mediums but I find assemblage art, installations are more interesting.


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“Unwanted “is a project that embodies with discrimination Gender (sex), treating someone unfavourably because of the person’s sex. Often in our society reject new born baby girl for baby boy. Parents in India tend to prefer baby boys to girls for economic reasons. It’s bitter that they often receive less food than boys, do less entry to schooling. We see in India, where male child is regarded as more valuable to the family.

 

The female child in India is often deprived from her right of an education. The basic facility of education is deprived to her. Also, even if she is in school, the number of girls dropping out of school far exceeds the boys. Definitely, this is because she is expected to help at home, either in household work like washing, cooking or help in taking care of her younger siblings. Since girls spend more time completing domestic/household chores and this increases the gap between female and male equality in rural parts of India, it perpetuate the myth that education is of no help to the girl and her primary job will be to look after the household work, get married early, have children and then raise them. If this is the job she has to do, then education is of no importance to her and it is not imparted.

 

My project here deals with involving myself, as an artist with Discrimination (sex) through installation. Each object that I use speaks about the transformation of discrimination. I am interested in the rural area in India because of its discriminate nature. My close friend who has two daughters perpetually feels guilty that she has no son.

 

The development of the concept

Absence sometimes stands for the Presence and keeping this in mind stitching the baby frocks and displays them at gallery. These clothes displayed on hangers with sticks for their stiffness to represent the girl child belong to, The main aim here is to present how girl often faces discrimination from the earliest stages of life, through childhood and in to adulthood. Such as preference for sons. We see everywhere in each corner girls face discrimination. To be more precise, these cloths are not the uniforms which I use here but are the daily clothes “Baby Frocks.” Execution of work Since the work revolves around the sex discrimination the process of work will be an entirely research oriented, where the final work will be accompanied with the facts and experience collected during process.

 

Works

 

1. Why you hate me?


Unwanted series is related with discrimination. The work why you hate me? Mostly relates to girl child, In this work I hangs up white embroidered baby frocks with pink thread through this work I would like to focused on how Girl child faces discrimination from the earliest stages of life, through childhood and in to adulthood such as a harmful attitudes and practices as a preference for sons.

 

2. Stop Erasing Me.

“Stop erasing me” In this work I uses mouse trap and pink colour mouse made with sponge, would like to say something about girl child. Trough this work share a thought like save girl child why our society is still not accepting the fact that a healthy and happy girl gives birth to a happy and prosperous nation. As we all know still there are such people in our society who don’t want a girl child in their family, some of them get them aborted, While some cruel one of them kill the little princess born in their family .How Can Anyone Do That? For How Long? Why Can’t It Be Stopped? How Can Anyone Kill A Daughter Either In The Womb Or After The Birth? Would like to share often people preventing girl’s child escape. We see everywhere in each corner of world girl face discrimination. It’s bitter that they often do less entry to schooling than boys. We see in societies where male child is regarded as more valuable to the family.

 

3.Text

Often in society reject new born baby girl for baby boy, parents in India tend to prefer baby boys to girls for economic reasons. Here I use bold, large text to convey a particular message to the reader. Text is composed to create a readable, coherent, and visually satisfying whole that works invisibly, without the awareness of the reader. Is aimed at producing clarity and transparency.

 

Process and working tendency

The work is a complete research and interactive based project. The attempt here will be to ‘Save girl child’. I don’t like to rush the process at all. I want to take time over everything. I also greatly influenced by the people around me, I travel a lot during that time I like to photograph and collect things that inspires my work. I’ll catch something on TV or conversation with friends and it sparks something, there is no protocol. I’m not really sure, I’m still struggle with recognize myself. I think I am constantly learning when it comes to creating art, even though what I do I think being an artist, means freedom. It’s a great pleasure.