Christiane and Valerie from the collective ArTranslation talk to us about the project they are undertaking, in Auroville, this month. Aurellll and Cedric complete this collective of artists from the island Reunion, a small French island near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Exhibiting in Gallery Square Circle in Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas, on December 4th to 14th, the opening is on the 4th at 4.30 pm. Personal works will be exhibited whilst the collective is also working outside on a structure made of gathered wood and stones.
The structure is meant to shelter useful seeds of plants like pumpkins and beans, as well as aromatic herbs and spices, and is adapted to the environment around it. As they build the structure, the collective also builds relationships with others who are participating. They focus on the quality of these relationships and enforce what they call `relationship ecology’. Having come from Reunion Island to meet artists from different cultures, especially the Tamil culture. In Reunion Island, a good third of the population is of Tamil descent. Also, they chose to come to Auroville because the charter is very close to the guidelines they follow in their collective working. They have been working together for three years and are interested to see how the collective work will evolve when the participants are from different cultures and do not know each other beforehand. Everyone in Auroville, artist or not, is invited to come and participate either in the work on the structure, by adding a branch or painting on scraps of cloth dipped in plaster, or by adding to the collective fresco. You can meet them at the opening on December 4th or on Saturday 7th or Thursday 12 (at 3 pm), at Kala Kendra (Bharat Nivas) for talks, projections of slideshows and short movies. You are welcome to bring your own as they are very interested in discovering the work of other artists and sharing views about making art. More info: www.facebook.com/Artranslation