Namaste, Bhai! Namaste, Didi!
|Art Karavan, Shantinekiten, Calcutta, Ranchi, Jammu, Patna, Shimla, Srinagar, Bodhgaya, Delhi, India - 2010|
In my art practice, I am interested in connections made and the trace I leave as I move through space, time and place. By wrapping culturally saturated handmade objects on the wrists of strangers, I share deeply intimate moments with each person.
Namaste, Bhai! Namaste, Didi! (Hello, Brother! Hello, Sister!) is ontological in intention. The actions that take place in this work are rooted in an examination of the ties that bind human beings to each other through kinship, labor, social interaction and friendship. Traversing socially constructed constraints of difference, my gesture of gifting a handmade bracelet to all I meet crosses the boundaries that separate and confine humanity. The simplicity of the exchange is deceptive for it recalls bonding rituals that are central to the idea of what it is to be a social being.
These actions have a legacy that reach far beyond the moment of exchange; it is the trace of a fleeting interpersonal connection contained within the motif of the gift bracelet that renders the empathic power to the exchange and resonates with all who participate.
During a two-month period, approximately 1,000 bracelets were gifted to people in India.
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