RIDUTC is an unique art residency that encourages you to immerse yourself in the local culture of Uttarakhand. You will experience various aspects of Indian culture over the four week period and will explore different themes on a weekly basis. Many activities will be held in order for you to totally immerse yourself in the local traditions of Uttarakhand – at the beginning of the residency, most of your time will be busy with those activities, and as the time goes by, you will have more and more free time devote to your personal work, newly inspired by Uttarakhand’s traditions. Throughout the residency, invited experts, guest artists and specialists will discuss Indian culture and off-site visits will also be organized. Artists are free to either join in the planned activities or to do their own personal work – however, please keep in mind that our main focus, in the first part of each week, will be the Cultural Exchange. This residency, held by BHOR, will be held from March 15th to April 15th 2020. Here is a summary of the four weeks:
1. First week – Indian Mythology and the principal gods of Hinduism – – Hinduism is a vast and complex religion. In order to understand better the event that will happen during the month, one must have at least a basic knowledge of the principal gods and goddess. Professionals will share their knowledge and discuss with us Indian Mythology. During this section, we will learn myths and legends, as well as seeing different religious representations through Indian art.
2. Second week- Fairs & Festivals- Numerous fairs and festivals are held in Uttarakhand in March. We will discover the joy, the emotions, the flame and the zeal of the celebrations and much more, according to the different moods of the various festivals. An expert will guide and translate the rituals of the locals, in order to help you understand them at a deep level and bring the same emotion to your own art form.
3. Third week- Tribal world- This experience is the feature key of RIDUTC. We are going to live in Munsiyari, in the Pithoragarh district, which is surrounded by tribal communities. Tribal life is a magical world outside of the sophisticated luxurious world. With a low standard in terms of tangible objects, tribal can be the happiest soul with immense intangible values. Their music, relationships, homes, deities, folktales and rituals are a real source of artistic inspiration.
4. Fourth week – Folklore, Beliefs and Superstitions- India, is full of stories related to the faith and beliefs of the people. There are plenty of places with colorful interesting backgrounds and we will visit these places to pursue the discovery of the tribal that we initiated the week before. The end of the month… At the end of the residency, a two day Seminar/exhibition will be organised. During these two days, we will discuss the different art forms experienced over the 30 days and we will be inviting special guests to make presentations on various artistic and cultural themes. We would like that all residency artists participate in this seminar, by sharing your own practice/artwork, as well as thoughts and reflections inspired by this residency.