Everyday narrative – A workshop by Bharatesh GD
18.01.2021 to 25.01.2021
Farmers Katha is the project that was developed via the workshop- Everyday Narrative. It is about farmers, farming and food in large; it is about stories, myths, politics and in elementally it’s about ourselves. It’s about socio-politics of what we consume and what we produce; it is about land, soil, fertilizer, field, food, and storage.
Online Segment of the workshop:
Initially known as The Farmers Sketchbook (and later evolved into Farmers Katha), the workshop of 10 participants from different art schools from Karnataka and Maharashtra (J.J school of Art, Mumbai) started online even before it physically took place in Bengaluru (College Of Fine Arts Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath). Participants from different approaches – yet with similar nature of practice and the common thread which is Food and Farming, were brought together under one umbrella of ideas.
The workshop started with going through their previous ideas and works, and what they are working with and why; a series of online discussions led to an intense researching exercise. Everyone got into a state of curiosity and spent a lot of time searching for what we discussed, finding references from history, folk tales, oral history, anthropological hints, myths and stories around the land, farming, farmers, and food.
Day 1, Monday
Introduction: The first session was dedicated to a round of introduction among the participants and few activities to break the ice.
The second half of the session was allotted to look around the campus, various departments, and space.
The day was spent ensuring the participants, coordinators and the workshop space are familiar to each individual.
Day 2, Tuesday
Farm Visit: Sarjapur Curries, Sarjapur, Bangalore.
Day two was allotted to a farm visit in Sarajapur Bengaluru to a project popularly called ‘Sarajapura Curries.’ Community It is a community kitchen and garden – an initiative run by artist Suresh Kumar. The project is an initiative to revive the old traditional farming methods and the products that haves been forgotten like wild weeds.
The visit was divided into conversations with Suresh Kumar, where he spoke to the participants about the idea behind the project, the challenges, and the overall scope of the project. The participants also had a first-hand experience of walking through the farm, identifying the crops, collecting the ready crop, and using the same crops to cook meals. The participants and Suresh Kumar engaged in various conversations related to the current farming techniques, the farmer’s protests, innovative ways to bring about the change in the farming methods as well as one on one conversation about each participant’s ideas and experiences.
Day 3, Wednesday
Day three was divided into three sessions.
The Session began with discussing ideas with every participant, where each participant would discuss their ideas with reason and the medium with the possible outcome through preparatory drawings and supporting texts.
Research and developing ideas- Participants investigated and explored the ideas through further research, bringing in their prior and new research materials to shape the idea and give it a form.
Finalizing the idea – the third session was focused on discussing every participant or group idea, having a group conversion to share, explore and bringing in new perspectives through intervention from each participant.
Day 4, Thursday
Day four was allotted to expanding the idea, the preparatory drawing, and research to materialize or give shape, by every participant trying various materials or mediums.
Day 5, Friday
Session 1: Visit by the poet Mamta Sagar who spent the first half of the day with the participants, listening to their ideas, experiences. Her interventions allowed the participants to juxtapose the visual arts and literature in one frame, where they can look at larger perspectives of the ideas.
Session 2: The second session was dedicated to discussing the final ideas, research, and mediums with each participant.
Day 6, Saturday
Day six was dedicated to creating artworks, finalizing the technical details and material requirements for each work with the participants.
Day 7, Sunday
Session 1: Presentation and discussion with all the participants, sharing views and discussing the final work. The session was particularly focusing on having a group discussion to understand the choices by each participant regarding narratives, mediums, and their experience.
Session 2: Allotting and finalizing the display space for each work, logistics and requirements.
Day 8, Monday
The first Session was dedicated to displaying and all the related arrangements.
The idea of an Open Studio was to bring in surprising elements in participants’ thinking patterns within their week-long process and being in the process of how a space allows you to be inspired. How space changes its character when you start approaching it with multi-disciplines, videos, sound pieces, installations, objects, drawings, land art, and performances become a part of that space as a temporary ecosystem. It was a 2-hour long conversation around space, land, and food.
Artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, students, and the CKP college faculty and students were present to view the display which was up for only an hour 7 pm to 8 pm on 25th January 2021.