Four artists – one each for Germany, France, England and India – will spend seven weeks in Kolkata and a week in Santiniketan to explore local art forms, interact with artists and civil society and put together a collaborative creation that will be showcased in city for a week. This is the third edition of the Indi-European residency project.
The artists – author and publisher Tom Vater from Germany, drawing artist and illustrator Sophie Cousinie from France, theatre maker Imogen Butler-Cole from the United Kingdom and visual artist Aditi Aggarwal from India – were selected after a call for applications for the project organised by Goethe-Institut, Alliance Francaise du Bengale and British Council in collaboration with Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) and Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan.
At the end of the residency, a ‘work in progress’ or a ‘collaborative creation’ will be presented in the city for a week. The artists will also pursue their own project and get involved with local arts and culture scene, to enable a mutual exchange of creative ideas.
Goethe-Institut director Friso Maecker termed the project a unique artist residency that brought together a multitude of artistic practices, four nationalities and a variety of backgrounds. “It is this kind of personal, artistic exchange that opens doors and builds a solid road which can be travelled upon, in both directions,” said Maecker.
Alliance Francaise du Bengale director Fabrice Plancon, said the project allows Kolkata, the cultural capital of India, to create bridges amd nourish in the 21st century the creative dialogue between Bengal, India and Europe on art, culture and social matters,” he said.
“This cross national, cross institutional collaboration is a tribute to the vibrancy of the arts and creative economy sector of Kolkata,” remarked British Council director (east and northeast India) Debanjan Chakrabarti.
Source: Times of India