Exhibition / Workshop Body – A – Fair

Body – A – Fair © Nikita Teresa Sarkar

Mon, 20.04.2020 -
Tue, 28.04.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Park Mansions, Gate 4
57A, Park Street
700 016 Kolkata

A project by Nikita Teresa Sarkar

The project aims to explore the perception of ‘Body’ in different professions related to it and transform these conversations in context to making wax candles. The project includes a workshop and showcasing the artworks, which are created during the workshop. The facilitators of the workshop will be professionals from the body industry, but from areas that question beauty in different ways. The focal point of the workshop will be the differently conceived ideas of beauty - not the worldly definition of it, but the individual idea of it. It is important to know the factors that shape our idea of beauty and to be able to acknowledge the different perspective of beauty from the participants of the workshop. Participants will try and explore these factors, through a fun activity of making candles. The finally created candle made will be placed in different places at the venue, so that with time, they melt and change forms like the ever changing idea of beauty.

A candle making workshop will be one, where instructions will be designed via various interviews. The facilitators of this workshop will be members of communities or professions not aligning with the set standards of gender identity or the propagated idea of beauty.

The final presentation of the candles will be opened to the public on 21 April 2020 at 6:30 pm, where the artist will be present to introduce the project and have an open discussion. The works are going to be on view till 28 April 2020 from 10 am to 6:30 pm daily (expect for Sundays and public holidays).

Nikita Teresa Sarkar is a graduate of Theatre Design and Direction from the National School of Drama, Nikita likes to work with various disciplines. The main concern of her work are mostly Gender and Sustainability. She is extremely passionate about Gender Politics, Identity Construct, Privilege awareness and Mindfulness and works around these themes in her art too. The power of immersive experiences has influenced her work and she looks at her audience as active participants, rather than passive spectators. She is a student of the Baul tradition and Tibetan Chanting and through the aesthetics of these traditional art forms, she explores the meaning of modernity in art and dynamics of audience-performer relationship. Her work is mostly site specific and she tries to include lesser known narratives of a place. When she is not curating experiences, she spends her time in the mountains, working on zero plastic projects in schools and practicing sonic healing techniques. 

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