So many thanks to American Corner for providing a cool place to think and work while it’s 108 F in Ahmedabad. Thanks to Ratilal Kansodaria for providing the space and materials to work with. Thanks to Sheth CN College of Fine Art for the studios and fine students to make this trip the enormous success it is. Thanks to the people of Ahmedabad and Nagrik Society for their friendship; to Bandish Soparkar for the fab room in a fab apartment & Namrata Deol for her gentle kindness & infectious laugh. So many more went into the piece but this is the beginning of a narrative of eight months in India, unfunded. It was a dream that became a reality.
When I cannot speak I let others do it for me. The new year is upon us and art must revive the exasperating coils of existence.
I wanted to share this video from Elgin Smille (Great name, yes?). I enjoy the artwork and the content. I felt refreshed by an art opening that was full of fun and love. This is not something we have in America, especially New York, where this kind of sincerity is often lacking. I wish I spoke the language just to be with these very interesting people. There are English subtitles so don’t forget to make sure captions is on when you view it.
I included the entire YouTube site so you can view his other vids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy5IfTG9gD4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUf44q_feXMLm9l2NP5LooKQ
Here is his website:
As you know, my current work focuses on violence against women, often in the Middle East. One piece in particular concerns ghastly trials and impressive strength of Afghan Aesha Mohammadzi. Here is a poignant video of the family who took her in and the odds she faced for recovery after in Talibanland her husband and father-in-law cut off her nose and part of her ears: http://nbcnews.to/1kxGXZu
Also there is a new movie Honor Diaries, which is playing in AMC Loews Theater in East Hanover NJ on June 26. Melanie Gorleick of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking emailed the information. You can follow on Twitter and Facebook. See http://www.honordiaries.com/. Another place to connect about the serve oppression of woman is a helping outreach site: http://www.girlforward.org/.
These small postings may seem like a drop in the bucket but the more rain falls the bucket becomes full.