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Uphaar उपहा: Objects of Love

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Melbourne is uniquely placed to learn from Indian culture about how we can connect with each other. Learn from the experts.

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March 2020 takes Garland to southern India, where we look at the role of objects in forging bonds of love. Indian culture is replete with rituals for binding beings together, including the extravagant wedding celebrations and the ties made to connect brother and sister. We will explore the increasing diversity of this love, including feelings for nature.

Our symposium contains two themes. The first is about the creative exchange between Australia and India. Artists, designers and craftspersons will offer advice about how to make the most of this connection. The second is about the way objects can help bind us together in love.

At the end of the day, Garland will be launched at a corresponding exhibition in Craft Victoria.

Uphaar: Objects of love symposium

Across the Indian Ocean: Creative exchange with India

  • Aunty Bronwyn Razem, a Gunditjmara elder from the Western district, artist and traditional weaver
  • Helen Rayment and Maggie Baxter, authors of a recent guide for artists working in India
  • Manasee Jog, designer from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India
  • Varuni Kanagasundaram, is a PhD student at RMIT University School of Art whose work is inspired by the ritual of the kolam in Tamil culture

Objects of love: How to design

  • Mitraja Bais, a a Research Associate at DICRC, CEPT University, Ahmedabad and author of Vernacular Furniture of North-West India, Phase I: Gujarat
  • Aunty Gail Kunwarra Dawson, a bee-keeper, fabric queen and weaver of textiles, grasses and stories, a friend and social justice warrior
  • Rhett D’Costa, an artist who teaches at RMIT University School of Art
  • Supriya Singh, a sociologist who studies money as a medium of care and a medium of abuse
  • Vipoo Srivilasa, a Thai born, Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist who works predominantly in porcelain exploring culture shifts and migration experiences, whose recent work is about love and equality.
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