Global Nomadic Art Project, India 2015

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Dates: 17th November to 20th December 2015

Venue:

Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Velavadar, Sasan Gir, Rajkot, Lakhpat,

Banni, Bhuj

Inauguration and Orientation:

Environmental Sanitation Institute, Gandhinagar  on 19th November 2015

Exhibition 1): ITM UNIVERSE, Vadodara, Gujarat on 20th

December 2015

Exhibition 2): Korean Cultural Centre, India in 2016

Travelling Exhibition:  In various major cities of India till 2016

Project Executor – Training and Research in Environment and Ecological Science (TREES), New Delhi

Project Initiator: YATOO-  Korean Nature Artists Association, South Korea.

  • Concept

Global Nomadic art projects was designed to offer national/international Nature artists an opportunity to explore our country’s geography, environment, culture and history while travelling around, and to be directly inspired and respond through their visual language during the tour, by using the available found natural mediums from area using once own body and camera and moving further without living any trace like Nomads.

This project intends to investigate the Global perspective on nature, its influence on lifestyles, and ultimately the way human nature as part of nature has shaped human life. This investigation will help artists understand how it is that Nature Art could have initiated and developed spontaneously, and examine its formative potential as a universal form of human expression, with consideration to how it can be relevant in everyday life.

Participating artists was given time to research the areas they visited and discuss them with one another. The land and its culture was uniquely interpreted and reshaped by the artists as art forms to be displayed in the exhibiting space. The project had intended to help expand the horizons of the artists’ practices and particularly to provide the insights into various aspects of the heritage, art and culture.

Additionally,  the  project  aims  to  lead  artists  to  consider  how  to  renew  the  peaceful relationship between nature and humanity, distancing themselves from the violent methodologies of developing nature, and instead experiencing the ways that our ancestors lived with nature, which is retained in traditional lifestyles, houses and other facets of our cultural heritage.

This was a process-based art project that involves preliminary visits, investigations, and field work and record-keeping, which therefore did not only focus on results. Creative ideas and interpretations were required throughout the project.  The whole process is documented in written texts, photographs and videos.

  • Work – The Artist as Nomad move forward with the curiosity of a child who wonders what exist beyond the mountain. They proceed playing with nature and creating artworks in the form of installation art, performance art with the use of their body and camera as the only tool. The artists leave their artworks in nature and moves further.
  • Aim – The aim is to achieve a nomadic attitude and create art with unconventional medium which is by the nature, of the nature and for the nature. The aim is to develop a new language in today’s art scene and to create awareness and sensitisation to the locals toward s protecting environment and wisdom of respecting the endangering natural resources.
  • Ethos – We do not leave a trace behind; we are not making art with the intention of buying and selling or taking it for viewing in gallery, we seek a spirit of pure art within this project.

Participants: Rumen Mihov Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Fred Martin (France), Eross Istvan (Hungary), Ya-chu Kang (Taiwan), Nicola Gear (Scotland), Roy Staab (USA), Peter Alpar (Romania), Cornelia Konrads (Germany), Saulius Valius & Diana Radaviciute (Lithuania) , Mahmoud Maktabi (IRAN)

South Korea – Kang-Hee-joon, Ko-Hyun hie, Hur-Kang, Ri- Eung-woo, Kim Hye Sik, Ha-Jung Su, Kim- Seong Eun

India- Alok Bal  (Vadodara), Aarrti Zaveri – (New Delhi), Megha Joshi (New Delhi), Shivkumar Verma (Vadodara), Rinku Chauhan (New Delhi), Manjot Kaur (Chandigarh), Sikan Kumar Panda  (New Delhi), Somu Desai (New Delhi), Bhavin Mistry (Vadodara), Gunjan Tyagi (New Delhi), Devang Anglay (Ahmedabad),

Documentation Team from Iran- Reyhane Omidghaemi, Makan Ashouri

DatePlaceSite Visit and Nature Art WorkshopsPresentation’s / Seminar’s/ Orientation’sCollateral Activities
NOV
17AhmedabadMahatma MandirOrientation of Environmental Sanitation Institute (ESI)
18Gandhinagar & ModheraSun Temple Modhera/ Rani ni Vav, Adalaj ni Vav
19Gandhinagar & Reach Vadodara Sabarmati AshramGNAP India Orientation  at ESI
20ITM Universe, VadodaraBaroda Museum
21ITM Universe, Vadodara & Reach VelavadarITM Campus
22VelavadarBird Watching and Blackbuck Sanctuary,Artist Presentation 1, Nature Art Workshop 1Interaction with local artist from Bhavnagar
23Reach jiani GaramliJiani Garamli VillageHome StayMeet Village locals
24Reach Sasan GirNature Art Workshop 2
25Sasan GirLion Sanctuary Route.2, Maldhari Community & Siddi DanceArtist presentation 2
26Sasan GirDevalia Safari Park and  interpretation CentreArtist presentation 3  Nature Art Workshop 3
27Sasan GirChaggada (bullet rickshaw) trip to NesdaArtist presentation 4  Nature Art Workshop 4Interaction with Forester’s and Environmentalist at Gir
28Sasan Gir  & Reach RajkotFolk singingGNAP Presentation for Important invitees.Cultural program and presentation followed by Dinner with locales of Rajkot.
29Rajkot & Reach BhujIndubhai Parekh School of Architecture (IPSA) RajkotInteraction with IPSA students
30BhujChadva Rakhal (Dam)Artist Presentation 5 Nature Art Workshop 5Local photography artists will join in.
DEC
1BhujTapkeshwariArtist Presentation 6 Nature Art Workshop 6Dinner organized by weavers of Bhujodi
2Mandvi & Reach LakhpatMansi,  Mandvi Port, Suthri Jain temple & BeachNature Art workshop 7Meeting mentally challenged girls in Mansi and Ship Model maker.
3Lakhpat Fort and villageLakhpat Fort, JM Tomb,  Lakhpat Village,Artist presentation 7 Nature Art workshop 8
4LakhpatKoteshwar, Narayan Sarovar and  Mangrove forestNature Art Workshop 9Community Interaction
5Chari Dhandh and Reach Kalo DungarKirodungar trekking Chari Dhandh bird watchingNature Art Workshop 10
6Kalo DungarKalo Dungar (black mountainArtist presentation 8
7India Bridge, KuranSurrounding of India bridge and KuranArtist Presentation 9 Nature Art workshop 11
8SadharaSadhara (Unique landscape)Artist Presentation 10 Nature Art Workshop 12
9Hodka,Hodka Village, White desert (Agrocel side)Artist Presentation 11 Nature Art Workshop 13
10Reach BhujPragmal Palace, local market, Hunnarshala foundationMeet Skilled craftsmen
11Bhuj & Reach VadodaraShrujan and AjarakhpurSkilled dye and printmakers
12 – 18ITM Universe, VadodaraFinal WorkshopPresentation of works by participating artists for students of ITM And Presentation of works by invited Artists from VadodaraStudents of ITM participating in Final Workshop
19ITM Universe, VadodaraMounting the ExhibitionSubmission of Photographs and Text from Local Participants
20ITM Universe, VadodaraExhibition Opening of GNAP India 2015Nature Art Conference GNAP till 2018


* Schedule is subject to change according to situation.

About Places:

Gujarat’s varied habitat has a fascinating diversity of ecosystems and geographical fault having its own charm in its own environment. The region of Saurashtra and Kacchh is considered to be a rich repository of Cultural and Historical inheritance that has managed to survive the vicissitudes of time. It is recognized, yet today, as one of the living traditions with people of Diverse communities ranging from nomadic tribes to city-dwellers and Cultural expressions ranging from property to architecture. The land, though and harsh in nature, has not only allowed people to settle, giving them food and shelter, but has given life and opportunity to blossom as an individual and collectively as a society. Thus, playing an important role in the process of weaving the very fabric of our Indian Civilization

ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION INSTITUTE, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad (ESI). The new state of the art Environmental Sanitation Institute– Sughad was created to stimulate awareness of and tackle the problems in the areas of health, hygiene, sanitation, water, and the environment. The method of working, the ideals of the establishment, as well as the built environment of the institute exemplify the Gandhian philosophy, primarily the principle that every human activity should take from nature only what can be restored.       http://www.esi.org.in/

ITM UNIVERSE, VADODARA is situated on the bank of Vishwamitri River amidst greens of Mangoes & Sapodillas orchards, in pollution free natural surroundings near Dhanora Lake. A Technical campus established in

2011, has been constructed across 50 acres of land housing beautiful Art works done by national and international Artist and Sculptures. The campus has become an Art Hub with the presence of contemporary sculptures created by well-known artists from different parts of the world, creating their best, using various materials. The monumental sculptures and paintings within the campus adds another dimension to its learning environment.       www.itmuniverse.ac.in

VELAVADAR is a unique grassland ecosystem that has attracted fame its blackbucks, beautiful, fast creatures, which sport elegant spiralling horns. It’s also good for spotting birds such as wintering harriers, and the strange nilgai, which look half-horse, half-cow. Velavadar is dry and arid.. The ecosystem of the park houses four distinct habitats, grassland, shrub land, saline land and high tidal lands.

JHIANI GARAMLI (Home Stay), is a small old village en-route on our way to Sasan Gir. The people of village are warm and welcoming. The night stay and hospitality was facilitated by Mr. Arvind Mistry from Mumbai in his own home in the village. It was a home stay experience for the artist.

SASAN GIR Forest is the largest compact tract of dry deciduous forest in Gujarat and the only abode of the Asiatic Lion in the world. Besides the Asiatic Lion, Gir supports a large population of Leopard, and other carnivores and Over 300 bird species have been recorded here. A cattle-herding group known as the Maldharis (Mal-livestock and Dhari – guardian) has long inhabited the forests of Gir On the fringes of the forest are another curious group of people known as the Siddis. These, people are of pure African descent and, although they have adopted Gujarati dress, language and food, bear testimony to the close ties that have existed between Gujarat and the east coast of Africa.

RAJKOT – Interactions of GNAP India Artists with the students of Indubhai Parekh School Of Architecture (IPSA) is planned under the guidance of its Dean Mr. Hitesh Changela. IPSA builds its foundations on such an inheritance allowing the building to deal with contemporary issues of Identity, Housing and Habitat more sensitively.

Mr. Haresh Soni, proprietor of Jewelery brand “Premji Valji Jewellers” has also kindly consented to host our crew members at their farm house in Rajkot with a gathering and interactions with known architects and designers.

CHAVDA RAKHAL – dense jungle littered with ruins of ancient dwellings and a 3 km trek leading to an ancient Shiva Temple where the deity is in a subterranean cave, it’s a private property of the Jadeja Royal Family of Kutch. The jungle surrounding it is dense with ancient teak, banyan, babool and numerous other trees and herbs. The place is still pristine with a rough edge and time seems to have stood still.

TAPKESHWARI HILL RANGES  – THR is the largest unexplored hilly tract in the district. It is close to Bhuj City, and provides a high diversity of floral species in various vegetation types. Threatened plants habitats like Euphorbia scrubs, Prosopis scrubs, thorn mixed scrubs, open scrubs, thorn mixed forests.  Considering the high floral diversity and unique vegetation assemblage of this range, it has been suggested that, this tract and adjoining sites may be declared as Ecologically Sensitive Areas. Our Tapkeshwari trek is conducted by Mr. Kiran Waghela (Environmentalist, Architect and Artist)

 

MANDVI is a port city in the Western Part of India in the Kutch, Gujarat region. It is famous for its beaches and centuries old ship building yard. We may also drive past the Ship Building Yard halt and jump one of the ship under works.

SUTHRI is a village enroute our journey to Lakhpat, there is a beach that is beautiful and picturesque, clean and quiet, the beach has more than a kilometer of pristine white sand beach. Its waters are pure, serene and crystal-clear.

LAKHPAT Once an important port city but now virtually abandoned for almost 200 years. A place where you can imagine the rise and decline of a great port city, and simultaneously contemplate the vast emptiness of the desert and the sea. Gulf of Kutch is one of the few coastal zones in the world having rich biodiversity. It comprises of mangroves, Coral reefs, Mudflats, Seaweeds, Commercial Fishes and several rare marine species. The mangroves of the gulf are the second largest after the Sunderbans in the mainland of India.

 

CHHARI DHANDH and KIRO DUNGAR Chhari means salt affected and Dhandh means Shallow wet-lands. This places is a paradise for bird watchers and omithologists, having around 370 bird species and is particularly rich in raports, water fly, waders and larks. The wetland of Rann also attracts more than one and a half lakh greater flamingos who hatch eggs in their large colony. ”This is the bigest camp of flamingoes in Asia. Kiro Dungar is an extinct volcano mountain in the Fulay Plains. Here you will find 65 million year old fossils of snails, shells, and other marine organisms 

KALO DUNGAR (Black Mountain/Hills) From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the Great Rann, the desert and sky often becoming indistinguishable. It is one of the few non-coastal locations where you feel like you are at the edge of the earth, on the brink of incomprehensible vastness that fades off towards infinity. Looking out from the Black Hills, you can understand the tremendous effort that those who undertake the crossing of the Great Rann have to make.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

RUMEN MIHOV DIMITROV BULGARIA
FRED MARTIN FRANCE
CORNELIA KONRADS GERMANY
EROSS ISTVAN HUNGARY
SAULIUS VALIUS LITHUANIA
DIANA RADAVICIUTE LITHUANIA
NICOLA GEAR SCOTLAND
PETER ALPER ROMANIA
YACHU KANG TAIWAN
ROY STAAB USA
MAHMOUD MAKTABI IRAN
KANG HEE JOON SOUTH KOREA
KO HYUN HIE SOUTH KOREA
HUR KANG SOUTH KOREA
EUNG WOO RI SOUTH KOREA
HA JUNGSU SOUTH KOREA
KIM HYE SIK SOUTH KOREA
KIM NAMU SOUTH KOREA

DOCUMENTATION TEAM FROM IRAN

REYHANE OMIDGHAEMI
MAKAN ASHOURI
INDIA
ALOK BAL ORISSA & VADODARA
AARRTI ZAVERI NEW DELHI
 MEGHA JOSHI NEW DELHI
 SHIVKUMAR VERMA CHATTISGARH & VADODARA
 RINKU CHAUHAN UTTAR PRADESH & NEW DELHI
MANJOT KAUR CHANDIGARH
 SIKAN KUMAR PANDA ORISSA & NEW DELHI
 SOMU DESAI Artist / Secretary TREES / Director GNAP India 2015
 GUNJAN TYAGI Artist / Vice President TREES
 PUJA BAHRI Artist
 BHAVIN MISTRY Artist / Program Coordinator TREES

Project Executor GNAP India 2015

Training and Research in Environment and Ecological Sciences (TREES)  G-13, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi-110014, India.

Email: [email protected]   Web: www.trees-india.org   +91 11 45057000

 

Project Initiator GNAP

YATOO – Korean Nature Artist’s Association

San 26-3 Sinwoongri, Wooseongmyeon, Gongju, 314-861 Korea

Tel 041-853-8828 (Office)Email: www.yatooi.comWeb: [email protected]

 

Project Directors:

GNAP, Global – Ri, Eung Woo

GNAP India – Nitesh Desai (Somu)

 

A SHORT STUDY BY HIMANSHU DESAI
SHORT STUDY OF GNAP INDIA BY HIMANSHU DESAI

 


 



Know more:

GNAP India Website

GNAP Korea 2014

GNAP Korea 2014 Exhibition

GNAP India 2015 project report by YATOO_i

GNAP Korea 2015

GNAP South Africa 2016 , GNAP South Africa

GNAP Iran 2016

GNAP Germany 2017

GNAP France 2017

GNAP Lithuania 2017