Shweta Bhattad, a visual Artist from India, has been invited for Vancouver Biennale 2014-2016. The broader theme of this Biennale is Martin Luther’s King’s speech “I have a dream”. For this Biennale programme, she decided to stay and work in rural Canada, as she isworking with rural women and farmers in India too and want to collaborate with Artists and Farmers around the world to bring them altogether on one global stage.
For the project “I Have a Dream”, she is inviting artists around the globe to collaborate who can further collaborate with farmers of their respective countries to grow some grains or vegetables in fields or gardens in form of the sentence which means “I have a dream” in their own language and font which can be captured by aerial view.
CONCEPT: As farmland is being reduced around the globe, “I Have A Dream” Global Community Project hopes to draw attention to farming practices and communities by inviting artists to collaborate with farmers to sow fields or grow gardens in the shape of “I Have a Dream” in their own language. This community-based project takes art out of the studio and into the community and use art to empower communities through farming and gardening.
Trubia, Spain Project: Reflecting on the situation in the countryside and contemporary agriculture and its relationship with the city and increasing urbanization of the territory.
The project calls for moments of collective sowing, and documentation and several meetings with the local community and other local artists and local regional groups. These meetings serve to exchange knowledge, memories and create internal links to the local community. They serve to reflect on the situation in the countryside and contemporary agriculture and its relationship with the city and increasing urbanization of the territory, we will discuss about landscape, understood as a cultural construction in constant transformation that we are all artifices and therefore responsible. Each of the phases of the project will be published through the website, the facebook page and other digital media. Some of the meetings will be held within the framework of the Agricultural Landscape in Veranes, project designed by Virginia Lopez in collaboration with Lorena Lozano and ecoNodos which is subsidized by the Municipal Foundation of Culture and Popular University of Gijón.