Jaipur Kala Chaupal (JKC), India’s premier art festival recently announced the commencement of its artist residency at Hotel Diggi Palace in Jaipur. The residency started off on 20th October with participation from 28 foreign artists and 14 Indian artists. Leenika Jacob, chief organiser kicked off the residency by setting the context of the festival and handing over material to the artists. The theme of the art festival is “Our Body and Hands in Water”.
Speaking on the occasion, Leenika Jacob, Chief Organiser, said “The central idea of the residency is Confluence, Collaboration and Conversations amongst artists and art forms of various nationalities and culture. With Diggi Palace acting as the perfect backdrop to the residency, it offers a platform to traditional Indian arts and artists to get continuity in the contemporary world. Several established and emerging artists from various countries like France, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico, USA, and Nepal will get an opportunity to interact with Indian artists and create new art forms and collaborations.”
The 10 days residency will comprise of daily talks by artists on their work and their experiences at the residency daily. It will also comprise artists visiting the various landmarks in the city to understand their water management systems and draw inspiration. The artists will be visiting various forts, bowlies (step wells) and tankas (water tanks) in the city, to draw inspiration for their work. Also, the artists will be visiting Neerja pottery, Kagzi, a paper factory, the famous Sanganeri block printers and a carpet factory to understand the finer nuances of Indian traditional art forms.
The residency will culminate into an exposition of the art produced over the ten days, at the Jawahar Kala Kendra from November 1 to November 4, 2017.
About Jaipur Kala Chaupal
Jaipur Kala Chaupal is envisaged as a premier art festival to be held annually in Jaipur, India. It is a unique platform that is designed to integrate traditional arts of India with contemporary art forms that exist internationally. The core purpose of the festival is to align traditional arts/artists in India and give them continuity in the contemporary world. It is also designed to provide a unique opportunity to the established as well as emerging artists from various countries to explore the soul of art in India and be a catalyst for newer and original collaborative artistic expressions.