Monica Jahan Bose Presents WRAPture in Historic Anacostia

By Editorial Team on April 9, 2019

Sun, 14 April 2019 - Thu, 09 May 2019

Outside the Anacostia Arts Center. All images Courtesy of Monica Jahan Bose.


Event: Sunday, April 14 from 1pm to 7pm (Cancelled due to rain forecast)
New Date: Saturday April 20 Event
Cancelled due to Rain

Over the course of five months working with more than 150 individuals in two countries, Monica Jahan Bose has created 60 saris for WRAPture, a large-scale outdoor project that will live for only three separate days this spring. This temporary public art project combines the Anacostia community in Washington DC and Katakhali Village, Barobaishdia Island in Bangladesh to activate saris with art and and drape them across five buildings in Historic Anacostia. Birthed from Bose’s ongoing six-year-old-project Storytelling with Saris, these massive colorful cotton handloom saris have been covered with customized woodblock printing, hand-painted images, and writings about climate change by Bose and the residents of these two communities. A team of installers and the community gathered with Bose on April 2 and 4 to complete the WRAPture installation.

Outside the Anacostia Arts Center.


Outside the Anacostia Arts Center.

The blue and green saris on Good Hope Road symbolize water, storms, and sea level rise. The purple-pink saris on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue represent women’s resilience in the face of climate change and the disparate gender (and economic and racial) impacts of climate change. WRAPture opens on April 4, the assassination date of Martin Luther King, Jr., in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, as a gesture of solidarity across communities of color.

Local Workshops.
Local Workshops.

WRAPture is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program and led by Bangladeshi-American artist and
activist, Monica Jahan Bose. Bose states, “The Earth has a fever, and we need to work fast to reduce our use of fossil fuels drastically. When we understand the impact of our energy use, we can make a difference as individuals despite governmental inaction. WRAPture, through the power of hands-on art, empowers and brings us together as a community in solidarity with each other.” Since its November 2018 kickoff, WRAPture has worked with 12 women in Katakhali, Bangladesh and over 150 members of the community in Washington DC, including youth from Project Create, formerly homeless women, hearingimpaired individuals, and people of all ages, genders, and incomes. This inclusive project ensures that all events are accessible by wheelchair and sign and other language interpreters are provided as needed.

Outside We Act Radio Station in Anacostia.
Outside We Act Radio Station in Anacostia.

Participating residents of Anacostia and Katakhali Village were paid for their work during the sari workshops, as they learned about climate change and renewable energy. They also wrote poetry and sang songs about climate as they worked on the saris. The saris will later be worn as garments by the women of Katakhali. WRAPture includes an outdoor sound installation with songs and sounds from Katakhali and Anacostia collected by Bose and youth in Anacostia. There will also be a poetry, song, and spoken word showcase on April 14, April 20 2019 (new date).

Artist Monica Jahan Bose (left) with visitor.

WRAPture is a work of art underscoring our relationship to the environment and the importance of community in addressing climate change.


  • Installation hubs: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC and We Act Radio, 1918 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE, Washington, DC
  • Adjacent wrapped buildings: Anacostia Business Center, Check It, and District Culture buildings


  • April 14, 2019 Raindate in effect: April 20, viewing hours from 1-7 pm, during Anacostia River Festival, slideshow/open mic @ Anacostia Arts Center from 1-5 pm, reception 5-6:30 @ Anacostia Arts Center.  Event Cancelled due to Rain.
  • May 9, 2019, viewing hours from 3 -8 pm, closing reception @ We Act Radio from 6-8 pm

About Monica Jahan Bose:
A Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist, Bose has exhibited her work extensively in the US and internationally (17 solo shows, numerous group exhibitions). With over 20 performances, Bose has engaged thousands of people. Her ongoing collaborative project Storytelling with Saris has traveled to ten states and several countries and been featured in numerous publications and TV and radio programs. 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. In 2017-2018, she had multiple art events in Paris, France, and Athens, Greece and created a large-scale installation and performance for the Smithsonian in Honolulu. 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.