1st Dec-5th Dec 2009, Khapar Para, Khagrachori, CHT.
The Camp was dedicated to making options for its participants to explore themselves by the process of creation within a new environmental space which is located in Khagrachory, at the hill-track of Chittagong. Nature was composed of the river “Changi”, a wide rice field, and mountains covered by green. Life and nature were in a super ecological combination, the moon was in its full size and the season was for rice collection from the field. So the village was busy with the ending of the cropping.
At the camp, all artists were requested to concentrate their own self which is inexpressible without the support of silence and the deep touch of the huge natural influences. The idea was to focus the dialogue between the space, nature, and artists. To make a free space for artists to realize nature and their own selves. It was a kind of challenging mood because of its short period but the experience was extremely impressive, so it was full of excitement and challenges for the artists. All participants performed very spontaneously like nature with nature. Many dialogues were made by the activity. finally, we found the space was transformed by the dialogue of artistic activity and started to share the inner contemplation of the person who was struggling with the civil structured attitudes. The outcome of the camp was full of diversity, Most of the project was site-specific installation and performances and very few of them were process-oriented long-term performance project. Few artists did some photographic and video works during the camp period.
Artist Afsana Sharmin Zhuma did a kind of process-oriented activity that was very spontaneous and playful with nature; she was completely involved with the moments of day and night within the space. The emotional dealings with their own self and nature were in a mutual form by her entire activities of the event. She did two performances and two installations by the process of sand sculpting and one leaf mural on the residence wall. She also did some very interesting photo and video works within the camp period. Her total activity was very much Site-specific and full of interpersonal dialogue within nature, its elements, and life. Afsana clarifies about her works and activity “that was a kind of enjoyment and try to catching the impression of freedom within the personal experiences of nature and life.”
Artist Rashidul Hasan Sharif did a performance with the straw bed on the riverside, he express his anger and wildness by shouting and primitive physical movement which was extremely awful for the viewer, but it was a kind breaking the peace of the space and making a contradictory moment within the space and its phenomenon. He used the Straw bed and ethnic costumes to relate him with the space but it was a kind of paradoxical diversion of his own self as artists explain about the performance. Artists Rashidul Hasan Sharif’s performance title was “Storm” He did one site-specific installation and one process-oriented activity with the space.
Artist Bulbul Islam did one process-oriented performance session on the river surface. The final outcome was a kind of body impression on the send which was covered by the rice grain cover. The total activity was full of interpersonal struggle to express own self.
Artist Palash Bhattacharjee did a process-oriented installation project which published 3oo copies of letters, that written by the Tripura language and explain the situation of life and humanity within the context of socio-political issues. And he installs some of the letters in a public tea shop, some of them on the mountain and the others on the river which was carried by the current of the river to the unknown receivers. The total presentation was full of romantic impressions including a controversial political phenomenon of the hill and plain land.
Artist Farah Naz moon did some very spontaneous process-oriented activity with nature; she collected a lot of little stone from the river and made many little installations which were surrounded by the green ingredient of the river water. It shows a kind of playful activity but the produced image carries lots of other information which was poetically incorporated with the activity. She also did video work with 3 different frames of footstep through the way of spring at a mountain valley.
Existence is the vital point of life, as a part of the ethnic Tripura society artist Joydev Roaja carrying the inheritances of the unstable home and existence which is very common in the villagers’ life of the Chittagong hill track. Because of Army and other political issues, they were losing their ecological existence in every moment. An artist always makes something that intends to connect them and their time to the hopeful future. Joy’s work was influencing a dream of a safe home for life and its imaginary peaceful moment where we can feel heaven. He followed the process of making birds’ nests to create his art peace which was very realistic. But he installed it in a very safe corner of the mountain where no one can touch it to destroy. The total camp period was a kind of searching time to find a safe place to build a safe nest for the future. It is his long-term process-oriented project which he started from this camp.
Artist Abu Naser Robii was the designer and curator of this art camp, he did an installation on the river surface where the symbol of the young moon with stars on the sandy surface of the river, the installation was made by the white rice. Robii working on the conception of spirituality and religious functions which is very close to nature and body, the moon and star is kind of symbol that occupies his works last two years. He likes to relate and relocate the religious symbols from the point of view of non-religious spirituality which is related to the emotion of love and the inner spirit of humanity.
Sometimes we really got the hang of nature when we can not think or can not do anything. The artist Forhad Uddin Museum was exaggerated by the nature and it make him silent and stopped his thinking; it was a kind of extreme inactivity where he lost himself. Finally, he enjoys the silence of the mammoth nature without doing anything as conscious activity.