ENGAGING WITH A CHANGING LANDSCAPE
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ARTIST’S WORKSHOP HELD DURING 23 TO 25 JANUARY 2014
at Bachhawat Estate, Madhupur, Barasat, organized by Bachhawat Foundation.
With abundant facilities in hand to host artist’s residencies at the Bachhawat Foundation and the added advantage of a print making studio in place, it is only natural that the foundation feels the need to activate the space with the presence of artist’s, and art activities. As an initial experiment towards hosting artist led workshops/residency program, one of the key motives of the space, the foundation approached Shri. Chhatrapati Dutta to Co-ordinate and conduct a three day residency-workshop during the above mentioned dates. The following is the proposal submitted by Mr. Dutta, based on which the event took place.
The existing site of the foundation – Badu - a quite hamlet in the north eastern fringe of greater Kolkata, lies in the vicinity of that part of our city where things are changing overnight. The seemingly inadvertent burgeoning of towering high-rises that have now begun to dominate the skyline here, replacing the open greens, is essentially a consorted and brutal insertion, led by raucous and well connected land-mongers. Given the rampant pace of this hideous change, which threatens to soon engulf the still pristine surroundings of Badu and its adjoining areas, makes it an important issue to be addressed as part of the initiative of the foundation.
All heedless urbanisaion is bound to have far reaching effects, hampering not only the immediate but beyond.
Erosion of life-sustaining greenery, bio-diverse water bodies, elemental canal systems and agrarian land, all of which are vital to the ecological sustenance of this region is fast depleting. On the other hand, having been pushed further away from the center and having lost their land and habitation; vast communities of people are being forced to alter their livelihood patterns. While adapting to and making a headway with life is not easy, poverty and the lure of the Coveted is fast giving rise to crime and violence within these communities, not to mention the trade in, in the hands of the powerful.
Essentially through the etching/s (for which all arrangements have been made, including technical assistance) and the other drawings/paintings/sculptural objects that will come about during the three day workshop-residency, the participating artists’ are requested to address the above issue/s in any fashion they desire.
Apart from the individual works and as part of a common exercise towards addressing the issue, all the participating artists are requested to engage with their additions, within a single canvas which will be pre-defined with an image. The individual artist’s contribution on the image is envisaged to create a collage of their individual desires of recalling/recreating/changing the present situation as depicted in the given image.
The participating artists would be :Arindam Chaterjee, Aditya Basak, Chandra Bhattacharya, Debasis Barui, Sankha Banerjee, Piyali Sadhukhan (Chakroborty), Saumik Chakroborty, Sekhar Roy, Amitava Dhar, Rajat Sen, Srikanta Paul, Rajen Mondal, Samindranath Majumdar & Chhatrapati Dutta.
THE WORKSHOP (23 TO 25 JANUARY 2014):
Based on the above, the foundation made all arrangements and invited the above mentioned artists. Luckily all the artists were able to attend and the foundation is grateful to all the artists for their whole hearted participation.
Once the artists had congregated at the venue, a discussion was initiated, wherein the concept was elaborated by Chhtrapati Dutta. After an hour long interaction over tea and snacks, the entire artist’s group immediately got busy with their respective etching plates. An intense and energetic work-spree that merged night and day began. After three hectic days, not only were all the plates ready, the printing of six editions of each plate was nearly complete. Some of the artist’s also managed to do paper and canvas works addressing the issue, apart from the plates, within this time.
A grand feast was organized on the 25th night. As their respective works got done, the artist’s left one by one on the 26th.
Based on the etchings & Paintings made during the workshop and other works produced during and after, an exhibition titled ENGAGING WITH A CHANGING LANDSCAPE will be held from the 1st of July 2014 to 10th of July 2014 at the AAKRITI ART GALLERY. All are requested to attend.
The exhibition can be viewed from Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm excepting Sundays and online at
Aakriti Art Gallery
Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor
12/3A, Hungerford Street
Kolkata – 700 017
Tel: 91 33 22893027/5041
Fax: 91 33 22895042