Quilted 2003
A prop specific Art Event using installations, dance and photography at Gallery Sumukha, Banglaore
  Participating Artists : C.F.John, Tripura Kashyap, Azis T.M
  Co-Artists : Raghavendra Rao, Surekha
  Music / Lights : Bharat Sharma

Bare feet walk towards
Patch work of comfort and warmth.

Hands drag a quilt across, body curls under it.

A journey from silence to sounds
of wind chimes and rain.

Pieces of conversation drift in ...

When sore fingers feel the heat of honesty,
half forgotten incidents give birth
to stories scripted in threads.

How much to reveal, how much to hide?

Fantasies, nightmares, dreams and lives
merge on quilts.
A magic flying carpet in disguise?
Stretched far beyond its stitched boundaries.

Images rush past... revealed at random…

The body is woken up by something that
dreams left behind,
or is it a moan from that quilted cradle?

A hung quilt makes restless shapes in space,
holes carve themselves on its surface.
an endless wait,
to envelope eager bodies.

Twilight reflects loneliness felt under its layers…

A soul shrouded in secrets,
trapped and wrapped
still remembers a touch on the bruised body.

Heartbeats halt. Quilts cover the cold of death…

Quilts represent personal spaces in which we weave patches of dreams and realities. It is in these spaces that dialogues between the conscious and unconscious unfold, negotiations between multiple layers of our being unfurl. Quilts have linked generations through time. Conventionally used as a cover, a metaphor for memory patches or an art object, the form is as much social and historical, as it is physical. In communities across the world women have used quilts as canvases to collectively record their life histories and experiences.

We expanded the scope of quilts from their associations with domestic spaces to assimilate and interweave larger artistic processes. In "quilted" we chose to mesh together narration / elements from artistic journeys and events that have taken place over the last decade in Bangalore. These attempts resulted in bringing forth new materials, forms, language and space. In 'Quilted' these expressions are represented as virtual images and art objects placed or intertwined with intimate gestures of the body.

This event acknowledges initiatives undertaken in Bangalore to re-define certain parameters of art, which included exhibits as well as creative processes outside gallery spaces. These shows also have led the artists to re-visit the linear conventionality of a gallery space and re-investigate options of how art objects and body can be placed and viewed.

During the process of making this prop specific event, we experimented with multi-disciplinary art practices, mainly installation, dance and photography. Two art works from 'Silence of furies and sorrows - pages of a burning city' and 'Territory - an art event' have found new translation while retaining their original material in this event.

Elements from various art events have been fused with new forms to create photographic imageries and choreography. The body synchronizes with or counters these forms and images through specific gestures, postures or movements. The dancer uses a series of pure movements in juxtaposition to narrative gestures that connect quilts with other forms/objects.

This is an invitation to celebrate challenges of collective creative journeys!

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  Links for some of the Installation Events

Cultural spiral in plastic, 1993

Silence of Furies and Sorrows - Pages of a burning city, 1995

Quest for Celebration and Question on Waste, 1996

Territory - an art event, 1998

Mangroves, 1999

Walls of Memories 2003

Quilted 2003

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