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Coded Elegance

START
Sat, Jan 31, 2015

END
Sat, Jan 31, 2015

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Photo Exhibit

On Display in the CGIS South Concourse from Nov. 5, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015. 

Open Mondays-Thursdays 7am – 9pm; Fridays 7am – 7pm

Capturing South Asia: Interview with Pablo Bartholomew

Coded Elegance, by Pablo Bartholomew, is a series of ethno-anthropological photographs of tribes and people of the hills and valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Manipur, taken from 1989 to 2000.

Coded Elegance constitutes a mere fragment of Bartholomew’s extensive visual anthropological documentation of the various tribes and people residing in the low Himalayan hills and valleys of Northeast India — a people whose lives are marked by tradition and transition. The series, an off shoot of Marked with Beauty, his 2000 exhibition of rich, color photographs of the many Naga tribes, is influenced by his own collection of portraits of the Darjeeling hill tribes by Johnston and Hoffman, and Irving Penn’s body of work in Papua New Guinea.

It explores his journey and interaction with tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland — diverse communities with myriad different languages and dialects — as well as the people inhabiting the valleys in that region. The preservation of their traditional cultures articulated through their dress, rituals, and rites of passage, forms the overarching subject of Coded Elegance.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia.  


A Personalized History of Indian Photography, 1880 to 2010

START
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 05:15pm

END
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Arts Lecture and Opening Reception for ‘Coded Elegance’

Photographer Pablo Bartholomew, whose career spans over 40 years, introspects on his personal collection of historical photographs as well as works by other photographers from the pre and post-Independence era, rounding off by elaborating on contemporary practices. This visual walkthrough consists of photographic work that has marked and influenced him.

Chair: Dalia Linssen, Assistant Professor, RISD

Reception to follow.

Pablo’s photo exhibit, ‘Coded Elegance’ will be on display in the CGIS South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, from Nov. 5 to Jan. 31, 2015.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia. 


Anatomy of a Man-Made Disaster: Thirty Years Later, Remembering the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

START
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:00pm

END
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

SAI Arts Initiative Seminar

Pablo Bartholomew, Photojournalist

Discussant: Bridget Corbett Hanna, Post-Doc, Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University

Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

In December 1984, a gas leak at the Union Carbide Factory, now owned by Dow Chemicals, caused the death of thousands of inhabitants of Bhopal and incapacitated the living who have yet to be fully compensated. Photographer Pablo Bartholomew, then aged 29, who arrived at the scene recounts his experiences of what it was like covering the disaster and its aftermath.

Lunch will be provided.

Pablo’s photo exhibit, ‘Coded Elegance’ will be on display in the CGIS South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, from Nov. 5 to Jan. 31, 2015.

With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia.  

 


South Asia Exchange: Thoughts, Responses and Questions

START
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 09:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

A group show called South Asia Exchange:
An exhibition exploring contemporary dialogue about South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, including social justice, pop culture, industry, the environment, food, music, and how they come into play with the idea of exchange.

Exhibit duration: October 6 – October 14, 2014

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 – 9 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit is open to the public :
Mon-Thurs: 7 AM – 9 PM
Fri: 7 AM – 7 PM

Cosponsored with MITHAS and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts


The Role of Arts in Social Change

START
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Gender and Arts at SAI Seminar

Nandita Das, Actor, Director, and Advocate of Social Issues

Cara Moyer-Duncan, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College

Moderator: Mukti KhaireAssociate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Nandita Das is known to world audiences for her critically acclaimed performances as an actor in films like Fire, Earth, Bawander, and Before the Rains. Das will speak on her work that addresses social issues in the South Asia context, with particular focus on gender issues.

Cara Moyer-Duncan was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies while completing field research. Her work is on culture, art, and social change, with a particular focus on Africa.

Please also consider attending the Film Screening of Bawandar on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:00PM.

This is the inaugural event of the Arts Initiative at SAI, which connects with artists who use art as a medium to communicate intractable social issues that impact South Asia.

Cosponsored by The Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Cultural and Humanitarian Agents seminar at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities.

Article about the event: Art and Social Change