Event: Thursday, April 22 from 12 PM to 1 PM EDT
Artists and climate activists Monica Jahan Bose and Robin Bell will present a noon EDT Storytelling with Saris Earth Day Event to premiere online their new short film Warming Waters and discuss their activism and art on climate change and their upcoming collaboration Concrete Dreams at the DC Arts Center. It will be streamed directly at https://storytellingwithsaris.com/event/earthday/ and also on https://www.facebook.com/StorytellingWithSaris with closed captioning.
About this Event
Storytelling with Saris Earth Day 51 Climate Art Presentation:
April 22, 2021 12 pm – 1 pm EDT, 10 pm Bangladesh, 5 pm London, 6 pm Paris/Rome, 7 pm Athens, midnight Bangkok/Manila. Live from the studios of Monica Jahan Bose and Robin Bell, Storytelling with Saris celebrates Earth Day 51 by premiering the short film of the 2020 public art project WARMING WATERS and discussing the upcoming May 2021 project CONCRETE DREAMS. Artists and climate activists Monica Jahan Bose and Robin Bell have been collaborating for several years, blending fiber art, community engagement, and new media to speak to climate justice. Storytelling with Saris was launched by Bose nine years ago and continues to highlight stories of climate injustice and resilience from Katakhali Village, Bangladesh to Washington DC, engaging thousands of people around the world through co-creation labs, performances, films, and public art installations.
This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program, along with community and media partners Mayor’s Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs, Mom’s Clean Air Force, and We Act Radio.
About Monica Jahan Bose: Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist whose work spans painting, printmaking, performance, film, and interdisciplinary projects. Her socially engaged work highlights the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice through co-created workshops and temporary public art installations and performances. Her solo projects and performance/installations have been presented at such venues as the MACRO Contemporary Art Museum (Rome), the Bangladesh National Museum, Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival, (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair Miami Beach, UNESCO (Paris), and the Smithsonian APA Center (Honolulu). She has received numerous grants, awards, and public art commissions. She is the creator of STORYTELLING WITH SARIS, a long-term art and advocacy project with her ancestral village of Katakhali, Bangladesh. Her work has appeared in the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, Art Asia Pacific, the Milwaukee Sentinel, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Japan Times, and all major newspapers in Bangladesh. She has a BA in the Practice of Art (Painting) from Wesleyan University, a post-graduate Diploma in Art from Santiniketan, India, and a JD from Columbia Law School.
About Robin Bell: Founder of Bell Visuals, Bell is an award-winning editor, video journalist, and multimedia artist based in Washington DC. Bell works on a range of creative, political and public interest projects. Building upon his formal training as a classical printmaker, Bell developed a unique style of live video collage which he has performed at well-known venues, including The Kennedy Center, 9:30Club, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Central Park Summer Stage in NYC, and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles California. Bell was the lead video editor for PBS television show Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria. He also taught video classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Bell’s commitment to social change through the dissemination of information via video, sound and image is present throughout his artistic career. In 2005, Bell co-produced Operation Ceasefire, a seminal anti-war concert on the national mall. His feature-length documentary, Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics In Action, premiered in 2014. His incisive 2017 projection, Emoluments Welcome, garnered media attention from the BBC, CNN, New York Times, L.A. Times and Huffington Post among others.