Making Space:Sensing Place

In October 2009, along with artist Thurle Wright, I was awarded a Making Space:Sensing Place Fellowship; part of the HAT: Here and There International Exchange Programme, managed by A Fine Line:Cultural Practice. The Fellowship includes residencies with Britto Arts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Arts Reverie in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with The V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London and with The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire. Working and collaborating with artists and craftspeople from the UK, Bangladesh and India, responding to the collections and spaces we encounter and sharing these experiences through a touring exhibition and educational workshops.

This blog, which is still developing and being added to, is a record of my experiences during the MS:SP Fellowship. Steven Follen.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Dancing in the City

Returning to Dal Ni Pol I stopped to watch the dancer, Manuela Banini, recording one of her performances in the old city. The red of her dress against the turquoise green, so often used in the buildings, was beautiful. She has repeatedly returned to the city, building up a body of work that records her response to the architecture of the pols and the gradual deterioration and loss of some of the buildings and heritage of the city. 

Her performances are a small part of a much larger and growing movement drawing attention to the loss of the cities heritage and building a case to get world heritage listed status for the old part of the city, with its unique architecture including the Mosques, Historic gates, Haveli's and collection of Pols or gated communities.