The 9th ‘Shakti – International Visual Art Camp’ dedicated to women empowerment is being organized to celebrate International Women’s Day. The art camp is being held as a part of the ongoing 9-day ‘Rasrangam’ festival at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). It is being held from 10 am to 7 pm at JKK’s Graphic Studio. Around 30 artists from 4 countries including India are participating. These participants were selected through an online competition. The camp will end tomorrow (8 March). The prepared artworks including the winners will be exhibited on the same day at 5.30 pm in the Graphic Studio. JKK and the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan have been supporting this camp for two years.
The camp has been curated by Shryansy Manu. She said that this art camp is themed ’75 Years of Women Empowerment’ and as empowerment means making one’s own decisions, the participants have been given the freedom to showcase their thoughts and feelings on the canvas. The camp will help generate awareness of women’s empowerment in society and also promote our heritage as women are considered the primary source to pass on cultural values to the next generation.
Delhi-based artist and civil servant, Ashima Mehrotra said: “I am very happy that this art camp is being organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day. In the camp, artists from all over the country and abroad are displaying their ideas of women’s empowerment through their canvases. Art is one of the most influential mediums through which social changes can occur. This camp will help challenge stereotypes by enhancing the positive role of women in society. Mumbai-based artist, Ritu Singh Panday said: “I am a full-time painter with 25 years of experience. Painting is not only my passion but also my profession”.