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Sowing Seeds (Beej Bonna) 2009–2010 Artists' Village Residencies

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Abstract:

Contemporary artists in India tend to work in big cities and display their work in urban galleries. Indian village people therefore have few opportunities to interact with contemporary art and artists. There are rural artists who are traditionally well practised but unaware of contemporary art. The ‘Sowing Seeds’ art project, which started in 2009, aims to help these artists and their rural communities to learn and enrich themselves.

‘Sowing Seeds’ is a revolution bringing together rural and contemporary art in a five-year project that comprises workshops in several villages in Rajasthan. It invites artists from India and around the world to participate in village residencies during which they interact with the people of the village. As well as developing traditional Indian artists and society, the project aims to encourage emerging contemporary artists.

This article explains the motivation and development of the project and describes the participation of individual artists in 2009 and 2010.

Keywords: Andore; Beej Bonna; Bhupat Dudi; Chiman Dangi; Rajasthan; Sowing Seeds; Vagaram Choudhary; contemporary art; rural development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2011.608955

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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