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This preview is partly a review. sometimes we make major updates of what have happened so far. the rest is preview.
0. kilometer ranking and slide show overview.
program with Baylor Black Sea Foundation.
program with Hafriyat Gallery in Istanbul and Anadolu Kultur Merkezi in Kars.
election fun Istanbul:
election fun Kars:
program with NAA, the national state academy in Tbilisi.
program In Azarbeidjan
Program The House of Artists in Iran
1 day presentation in Yazd
Program with Vaishwik Gallery
Bal Ashram, Virat Nagar, Jaipur
6. Program in the Middle East
7. Program in Istanbul
8. Program in Balkan
Getting into India
S.G. Thakar Singh Art Center, Amritsar, Punjab
Chandigarh, Punjab Arts Council & Lalit Kala Akademi
Nashik, center .... ...., Maharashtra
This is a complete different city. Cobra influences in birds.... Where Amritsar is a relatively normal Indian city, crowded with everything you can imagine and a huge Golden Temple complex attracting 40.000 people per day, Chandigarh is a new city with wide streets, 1400 parks, two goverments (of the two states Punjab and Harayna) plus a city government run by the national state. Chandigarh is open, relaxed, artistic and multicultural. Our presentation takes place for three days in the Punjab Arts Council. It was officially opened by the Secretary of Arts and had reviews in 5 newspapers. These reviews attracted over 150 people from Chandigarh, the two neighboring cities Mohaly and Pamuchalk and people from even further away. About 10 artists requested to participate and that means our new selection, with Indian artists, is growing and starting to get body. Above all we are very happy with the possible participation of H.N. Suresh, a Bangalore based artist that was exhibiting in the same days as we did in the location of Alliance Francais.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
After having a fabulous start up in Punjab and Chandigarh we finished the last week in Dehli. Three exhibitions, three locations, just a few dozen spectators; the capitol is always busy. Without upfront announcements in the media you will miss the boat. And while we had this media attentaion the days before, in Delhi this failed. Even an presentation in the Pressclub of Indian Journalists didn’t help. So our next week is what we more we looking out for. A few days rest, no tough schedule. Our team got reduced due to upfront made decisions and what did we do: have exhibitions. First we went to Agra. First time in India; wqe must see Taj Mahal. Meanwhile we had a funny exhibition and presentation with the crew of Dragonman and it’s audience: tourists with adventurous mindset. In the very early morning we did an appropriate serious persentation. The electionresult is the proof.
Bal Ashhram, Virat Nagar, Radjastan
During our travel south we passed a place I had in mind to visit for three years. The place is called Bal Ashram, set up by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a transitory rehabilitational educational development center for freed bonded child labourers. Having an excellent presentation, with remarks of the kids that goes beyond the power of our participating artists and doing a workshop gave us the great opportunity to change 75 paintings with paintings from children of three schools of the Oirschot region. Big fun, very welcome and great kids. Presentations for ‘a different kind of audience’ is quite nessecary in my situation.
We’re up to Ahmedabad. Our stomach is acting weird and our next week of program is already waiting. The last week before we will arrive in Pune, our main destination of our journey. We Visit Puskar and Udajpur, but just briefly. And we keep on wondering about the traffiic jam that can be created and solved, every second again. But it’s a kind of weird. The priority is: first use your horn, secondly you stear without hitting another. Third: start engine.
In Ahmedabad we’re back in one of those province towns with over 3 milion people. The Kanoria Art Center is very welcome to us. Although it is 40 degrees and our fyzical condition is not perfect, we install a nice exhibition and gave a dozen of storytelling performances to up to 250 people, including 70 children, 20 artists in residence of the Art Faculty (on that same premisses) and quite some Dutch people. The first Dutch representative responds to our call and supports us widely in the small amount of time that we offer. Very nice, Miss Gauri Wagener!
At the end of our travel to our main stop in Puna we have an exhibition in Nashik. I look forward to that, becaus ealready for 8 month there is an official panel in nashik. Last year we got an email of a Nashuik painter who read about our project on the internet and applied for participation. So we have send him an email. This artist, Dhananjay Goverdhane turns out to be a fine painter, a very nice man and above all a great stooryteller. We have quite some audience on this one day presentation and a large amount of them do not speak english. We use translators regularly, but this is it. Normaly we speak short sentences and give the translator time to make his interpertation. Not Dhananjay. He listens to the complete story, looks at the expressions on my face and takes a good notice of of jokes and nuances. Then, when the story is finished he starts. Looking at the reactions from the audience Dhananjay uses the same forms of communications. I invite him to come on tour with us next time we will be in India. It turns out to be there are more similarities. he was a performning actor, he is autodidact and he loves to interact with the audience. Also thanks to his work in getting press announcements and support with renting the space, the Nashik exhibition became on of the finest in India. And there were already quite a lot of great exhibitions.
What we have been doing all the way, and specially since we are in India, is inviting Indian artists to make a painting on a panel. Dhananjay was a good example. Next update in Pune we will spend extra attention to this part of our project.