Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange

The Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange (RIA/CE) is an opportunity for contemporary, conceptual and craft artists to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional craftspeople of Orissa, India. During the 5-week exchange, artists from around the world will have the opportunity to study with master craftsmen and learn traditional skills such as Palm leaf carving, Stone and Wood carving, Pata Chitra and Tassar painting, Dhokra (metal casting), Coir (coconut straw) toy making, Paper Maché Mask making, Ganjapa playing card making, and Cow Dung toy making. Performing artists as well can revel in classical dance forms such as as Gotipua, odishi, and folk forms like Naga, Durga, horse (chaiti ghoda) dancing, Fire dancing (paika akhada) is also covered.
This vast knowledge and these traditional skills can be incorporated into an individual’s practice producing contemporary artwork that addresses concerns with deconstructed forms of traditional craft. In exchange, the international artists will share their ideas about art with the villagers, who can also benefit from this exchange and have it inform their traditional art. There are many spaces where various art forms will be taught. Artists will have 5 day studio access a week.
Artists can attend any of the offered workshops as long as it’s for the one-week period (in other words, don’t “workshop hop” during the week). Artists can attend the same workshop for the entire 5 weeks if they want concentrated work in that area or they can choose a different workshop each week. Artists are welcomed to work on their personal artwork in lieu of attending workshops if desired for some or all of the time.

Outcome

During the 5-week exchange, artists from around the world will have the opportunity to study with master craftsmen and learn traditional skills. This vast knowledge and these traditional skills can be incorporated into an individual’s practice producing contemporary artwork that addresses concerns with deconstructed forms of traditional craft. In exchange, the international artists will share their ideas about art with the villagers, who can also benefit from this exchange and have it inform their traditional art.

Accommodation Information

Artists will share accommodations and all meals and bottled water are provided. Artists are housed in a building that was built to be the village library. Sleeping areas range from double rooms to spacious open rooms that can sleep up to eight artists. Per local custom, beds are mattresses on the floor with pillow and sheet.
Local food: 3 meals are provided each day. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. Filtered water will be available for artist’s to use to fill their water bottles. (The spring water in the village is also potable.) Food will be real Oriyan vegetarian dishes, typical of the food the villagers eat. Chicken or fish may be offered on special occasions.

Studio Information

Artists will be given studio space to make work using the new processes acquired. Use of grounds for installations and performances. Grounds include numerous interesting spaces: river, ponds, palm groves, ancient tree forests, surrounding tribal villages, wide streets, culture centre, open fields.

Technical Information

There is a common area and dining area, where a selection of mostly vegetarian foods is provided, 3 meals per day.