Art The Blind Spot / The Blind Art

The Blind Spot © Reiko Shimizu and Lisa Myeong-Joo

Thu, 12.03.2020 -
Fri, 20.03.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

A project by Reiko Shimizu

This project started with the necessity of organizing art classes for the Blind Boys Academy. The idea generated from the question - “What does visual art mean for a blind person?” which gave rise to creating a space for blind boys and others to explore a creative process together. The project is about openly experiencing a creative process together with the visually impaired and the not visually impaired people.

The project aims to offer an experience involving a varieties of people for exchanging, understanding, learning, sharing, accepting, expanding and breaking a paradigm.

Providing creative answers to questions like ‘How is it like to not have a visual sense in this visually overloading world that we live in now? What is the visual sense doing to us as individuals? Or as a society? And how about other senses?’

The project will begin on Thursday, 12 March 2020 from 11 am, the day will be open to all who want to come to engage with the blind artists and jointly create artifacts. The activity will take place at a specially designated ‘BLIND SPOT’ in the premises on the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata.

The project will be on till Friday, 20 March 2020 from 11 am to 6:30 pm daily.
(Except Sundays and Public Holidays)

All are welcome to come and create at the Blind Spot and showcase their respective art works anywhere at the venue.

The interaction with Blind students will take place only on Thursday, 12 March 2020 from 10 am to 6:30 pm and on Saturday 14 March 2020 from 11 am to 6:30 pm.

The interaction on both the days will include joint exercises, exchanging ideas and expressing the ideas jointly and creatively.

The artist will be present throughout the project to introduce the project.

Reiko Shimizu, was born in Japan as a granddaughter of a Buddhist monk. At the age of fourteen, she was sent to the USA for high school education. After that, she studied fine art in New York City. Back to Japan, after some few years, she decided to travel to India, where she met her present husband. Then, she moved to Brazil, settled down with her husband, where she had four sons. When her sons reached their teenage, she moved with them back to India in search of a spiritual life and further education. She has been living in India ever since her return in 2012. No matter how much she travelled, she has never stopped producing art in consonance with the phases of her life. Hence, the way of approaching and pursuing her art has been ever changing. However the core theme of her arts has always remained the same, which is the essence of life.