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Saturday, April 25, 2009

One month sandarbh internatinal Residency 2009

International Artist Residency At Partapur- BANSWARA (Rajasthan)
Dated - 15 Feb to 15 March 2009

Participate Artist

1.Ko, Hyun-hie - Korea
2.Ri, Eung-woo -Korea
3.Ryu, Seung-gu - Korea
4.Anke Mellin -Germany
6.Nagashima - Japan
7.Umesh Kumar - Bangalore
8.Vijay Sekhon-USA
10.Joanthan - U.K.
11.Lata Upadhyaya-U.K.
12.Mr.Okabe -Japan
13.Ms Noguchi-Japan


Title: Black Earth
Medium: Bamboo, clay and cow dung.

Vijay Sekhon-USA
Site - Madkola
Medium: Bamboo

Anke Mellin -Germany

The supporting institution is:Behoerde fuer Kultur, Sport und Medien der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Germany

Medium: Foot print,marbal powder.

Site- house Near play Ground,Partapur.

Partapur inspired me to realize three different works. the first idea appeared by seeing the empty house near the playground. The empty space and many children playing there attracted to do some collaborative work. The idea about PRINT evolved. After I opened the doors curious children appeared and we started cleaning and later painting the house. Then we started by making fingerprints on paper which we observed carefully. Each child drew her/his individual fingerprint on paper. Afterwards visiting children and adults made footprints on white paper. The signed prints were collected and hung on two walls and because the red ink used it looked very beautiful. White marble dust was seeved on the floor and framed by marble bricks. During several workshops people were invited to leave their footsteps on the floor. Two open doors flushed light on the always changing relief and displayed an interesting artwork made by the people of Partapur.

Anke Mellin -Germany

As second work I made A BENCH for Chintans Land. The hilly landscape and Mati river valley attracted me to make a curved bench with uprising levels to sit or lay down. With the help of locals I used the traditional broken-stone-technique with mortar for the construction. The bench invites to take a rest and enjoy the view especially at sunsrise and sunset. It is already proved that it works as a meeting place for the people of the nearby village.

Anke Mellin -Germany

For the third project called HHHMMM I bought expensive silver plates and collected the shit of animals. While walking on the main road and waiting for animals excrements people watched me and declared me as crazy. But after a while they helped by bringing goat shit for the project(goat shit consists of very small pieces). The display on silver plates in the old market worked really well since visitors understood that animals products have something to do with nutrion of people.

Umesh Kumar

Ko, Hyun-hie - Korea
Medium: Briks, marble, mud,dry grass and plants
Site: Adavera, Bori village.
Size: 180 x 80 x 230 cm

>Not a House<

I think all people take their energy from earth and heaven.

I have seen the area of Partapur mostly as farmland. The natural colors, like red burnt bricks, white marble and yellow hay are dominating the colors of Rajasthan, so I used these materials for making my work. As always natural colors are very interesting for me.
The material also talks about energy: bricks are made from earth, marble was processed while the earth was liquid, and hay is growing constantly on the ground.
Size: 180 x 80 x 230 cm

Ryu, Seung-gu

Title: Face
Medium: Stone from the site.
Site: Madkola Village

Ri, Eung-woo. Korea

"Sprout in Sandarbh"
Medium: Artist's hair, seeds, Bamboo and iron
Site: Madkola village

I wished the people luck by making an image of a sprout that they can see it from a distance. And I decided to use bamboo as a material. Because the peoples in Partapur use a bamboo basket as a cradle. That is why I chose it. It was very meaningful to make the installation representing their future at the moments. The image of a sprout and a baby growing in a cradle can meet through my work.

Lata Upadhyaya-U.K.
Site - Adevera Pound

FICA Present
Power Of Cloth
Public Art Project by Lochan U
Supported by SANDARBH

Site - Subesh Chandra Bose play Ground,Partapur
Date - 1st to 2nd march 2009


The project “Power of Cloth” is very specific to the Vagad region of Rajasthan. This community has a specific cultural space, different from other Rajasthan surroundings. Being born and brought up in the same community culture, I have always been a regular spectator in witnessing the various activities. While pursuing the art education outside I was able to stretch my local to a much wider arena where in an effort was input to develop a dialogue between the self and the community, through their language, their material, their space, their issues, their involvement.
The project includes a life size marriage shamiana typical of this area where the marriages are usually held in open grounds by building up these temporary structures. A huge gate made of iron armature is kept at the entrance with the banner of the parties involved in the marriage. Also are the stylized chairs on which the bride and the groom are seated. Using these visual vocabularies I have tried to reconstruct the whole look of a marriage. The entrance gate and the chairs for the bride and the groom are made in iron structures, covered with the metal net and then further covered with stripes of cloth, considered as a waste, collected from the various tailor shops from different villages. Apart from this huge installation used in marriages, I was also interested in the concept of Marriage, which is all intertwined with the social structure. Caste system and dowry has become a ritual, on which the marriage is performed. What I intended in this project was to use these issues as the major driving force to reconstruct these structures in order to create an atmosphere where one is more aware and more conscious of the environment and the social structures s/he is being framed in.
Apart from its power to represent a region and the social and political aspects involved, cloth turned out to be the most apt medium for its deep involvement in the rituals of Marriage in form of gifts which turns to be a trick to subdued the heaviness of the term Dowry. A further research into this area proved to be very interesting because the clothes in terms of material, colour and design were very different, in fact very specific to Vagad, also that cast system at its strength has a very direct reflection on the choices of clothes being used by the people.
A lot of pictures are being taken as a documentation of the event of gifting. These pictures are a collection of the marriage album. I have collected these pictures from various houses of the different villages and have printed on the cloth for making the sidewalls of the shamiana in a design format generally used in such structures.

Performance by "Mela Group" and local Musician
Venue- Chaar Khamba, Partapur, Dated 5.03.09