Footprint - Apotipoma
Location: Serafio Sports, Culture & Innovation Center, Pireos 163, Athens 118 54, Greece
An exhibition, workshops, and performance by Monica Jahan Bose.
Opening reception and workshop July 5, 7 - 9 pm.
Closing reception and performance July 18, 7-pm.
Exhibition dates: July 5-18, 2019.
Curated by: Vasia Deliyianni
FOOTPRINT-APOTIPOMA is a collective response to climate change and migration. Climate change and conflict are destroying people's homes and homelands, leading to migration of people across borders. Using saris from Bangladesh covered in writing and images by Bangladeshis, Americans, and Europeans, Bose creates an interior space or dwelling within the gallery, speaking to the idea of shelter, safety, and working together to address a global problem. Her poetic works on paper address the disruption of nature by climate change, using a combination of printmaking, painting, and words in many languages. Bose will organize multiple workshops and a performance and will collaborate with refugee women in Athens.
The exhibition is organized by the Mayor's office of Athens and is supported in part by Sister Cities Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which is supported by the National Endowment on the Arts. It will be held as part of Athens' designation at World Book Capital 2018.
Weather the Storm
Civilian Art Projects, 4718 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
Dates: March 31- April 21, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, March 31 @ 7-9 pm
Sari workshop and sing-a-long, April 14 @ 3 pm
Closing and artist's talk: Saturday, April 21 @ 3 pm
Gallery hours:12-6pm Saturday, and by appointment email@example.com
Weather the Storm centers on a series of performances and climate art actions that Monica Jahan Bose has led since November 2016, presenting new paintings, video, prints and saris. The title of the show derives from a Bengali song that the artist has been singing in her performances, lines from which appear in her paintings. She has taken Tagore’s "Kharobayu Boye Bege (Storm Winds Are Blowing)" and replaced “O boatman” with “O Woman” to create a feminist song about working together to row a boat to shore during a storm. Over several years, she has collaborated with homeless women from Calvary Women’s Services in Anacostia as well as women from One Billion Rising, a global platform to end violence against women, and the women of her ancestral village, Katakhali Village, Barobaishdia Island, Bangladesh. Bose’s performances, paintings, videos, works on paper, and saris explore themes of empowerment, environment, mythology, and community.
A Bangladeshi-American artist and lawyer who has lived in seven countries, Bose uses Bengali and English text and women’s writing as integral elements in her work, highlighting multilingualism and women’s agency and literacy. Bose has long used the sari — 18 feet of unstitched handwoven fabric — to represent women’s lives, both in her paintings and her ongoing social practice project Storytelling with Saris.
She has started using the coconut as a symbol of climate resilience. Each of her recent performances about climate change — in Miami, Washington DC, Honolulu, Paris, and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh — involved months of planning to create a woman-centered community, which comes together to collect dozens of coconuts to build a raft, sew saris together to make a massive sari, write carbon reduction pledges on saris, or grow and plant a coconut tree.
Image: Storm Winds Are Blowing, 2018, 35 x 51 in.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication, Rising Up to Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris, and is funded in part by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Installation/ art action / performance in collaboration with Anju Chaudhuri
Location: Galerie Six Elzevir, 6 rue Elzevir, Paris 75003, France
October 16, 2017 noon - 9 pm.
RECLAIM at Smithsonian's "Ae Kai"
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents "Ae Kai," a culture lab on convergence
Dates: July 7-9, 2017, 11 am to 9 pm
Location: Site of former Foodland, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honololu, Hawai'i
I will be presenting RECLAIM, an installation and interactive language and climate lab in collaboration with Hawai'ian artist Hina Kneubuhl. I am also collaborating with Hawai'ian artist Sloane Leong on a zine about the language movements in Hawai'i and Bangladesh.
Special performance on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm, starting at the Foodland site and moving to Ala Moana beach park.
Website for the Smithsonian "Ae Kai" Culture Lab
Ornate/Activate @ Villa Terrace Museum
Location: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee, WI
February 16, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Talk by Monica Jahan Bose on February 16, 2017.
Ornate/Activate examines the use of decorative arts and motifs, architectural elements, scripts, traditional materials, and other forms of pattern-making by artists of South Asian origin to create meaningful and critical content. The exhibition, organized by the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and curated by Alexander Campos, addresses themes such as inequality stemming from the global economy, loss of language and culture, gender violence, discrimination, segregation, and issues of equality and identity. The artists in Ornate/Activate recognize a need to reclaim tactile and decorative methods of making as a way to address social, political, and economic issues and also to confront the ever-growing presence of technology in everyday life.
Nida Abidi, Fariba Alam, Kamal Badhey, Shelly Bahl, Marcy Chevali, Priyanka Dasgupta, Roya Farassat, Asha Ganpat, Parisa Ghaderi, Zainab Hussain, Monica Jahan Bose, Vandana Jain, Umber Majeed, Radhika Mathews, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Nirmal Raja, Sausan Saulat, Suran Song, Udita Upadhyaya.
AddaArt Public Performance
Address: Ave C Plaza, Kensington, Brooklyn, NY
Time: July 16, 2016, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Arts & Democracy presents AddaArt, a workshop, oral history project, and performance initiated by artist/activist Monica Jahan Bose in collaboration with the Bangladeshi immigrant community in Kensington, Brooklyn. The project is bilingual, in Bengali and English. The project team includes project coordinator Hasiba Haq and cultural organizers Caron Atlas and Michelle Proffit.
“Adda" is the Bengali word for intense conversation - both intellectual and personal - often carried out in public places and accompanied by tea and snacks. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “adda” as “a place where people gather for conversation.” Adda has usually been the privilege of men, while women and girls are relegated to the domestic sphere in South Asia and its diaspora. Adda and Art come together in AddaArt, to highlight the rich art and stories of the community.
Gender InEquality in the Arts
Panel discussion at GWU/Corcoran.
Address: Corcoran Auditorium, 500 17th St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 2 pm.
George Washington University's Association of Graduate Art Students is hosting a panel discussion with some of the leading art professionals in DC!
The panelists are as follows: Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi will moderate this panel. She is an art historian and curator of South Asian art with a focus on textiles and folk art. She holds a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Melissa Chiu is the director of the Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She oversees a staff of 50 and a collection of nearly 12,000 objects that represent pieces by leading artists from the late 19th century to the present day. She received her PhD from University of Western Sydney.
Monica Jahan Bose is an artist whose paintings, works on paper, performances and installations are symbolic narratives addressing gender, women's literacy and sexuality, and climate change. She strategically moves across media and disciplines to address complex issues and engage diverse audiences.
Victoria Reis is the Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, founded in 2002 in Washington, DC. She began her career in contemporary visual arts at the National Association of Artist's Organization.
Dr. Nicole Ivy is the Museum Futurist fellow at the American Alliance of Museums. Her work focuses on museum labor practices, especially as they affect diversity, equity and audience. She received her PhD from Yale University.
Cinema Green Film Screening "Climate Change and Bangladesh"
Address: Haven South Beach, 1237 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Date: April 1, 2016 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Cinema Green of the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches presents three short documentary films, JALOBAYU by Monica Jahan Bose; Her Words:Storytelling with Saris by Monica Jahan Boe and Nandita Ahmed and
Thirty Million by Daniel Price and Adrien Taylor. Featuring Q&A with Monica Jahan Bose.
Curated and organized by Twelve Gates Gallery
October 25, 2015; 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: Urban Center Annex to the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University.3401 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Performance art festival featuring Monica Jahan Bose, Shazia Shikander, Sumit Baudh, and Qasim Reza. Monica Jahan Bose will create RISING, a performance/installation.
Twelve Gates Website and details
Review of event in Express Tribune
"Climate and Actions" Exhibition in Washington DC
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC 20020
Dates: May 8 - June 6, 2015
Opening reception and workshop: May 8, 2015 6-8 pm
Anacostia Arts Center website
Review in Washington City Paper
Review in East of the River Magazine, July 2015
WAMU Art Beat Radio Announcement
Education Town Hall, June 4, 2015, We Act Radio, starting at 8:10 mins and 25:30 mins
"And Then" Exhibition at Bangladesh National Museum
SELECT Art Fair, Miami Beach
Address: Select Pavilion, Booth C3, 73rd and Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Dates: December 2-7, 2014, hours 11 am to 8 pm except Sunday (till 5 pm)
VIP preview: December 2, 2014, 4 - 8 pm
Cosmos Gallery is presenting Rokeya Sultana, Monica Jahan Bose, and Preema Nazia Andaleeb. I have an installation of saris, video, photographs and prints. I am also doing a performance called JALOBAYU on December 5 at 4 pm.
Mapanare Nov. 2014
Mapanare, review and images of JALOBAYU
Group Exhibition "Prologue-Epilogue" in Newark, NJ
The Gateway Project, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ (near Newark Penn Station) )
Dates: October 9- November 20, 2014
Opening: October 9 from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition hours: Tues-Thurs 11 am to 6 pm
I have an installation of photos, video and saris in this show and will be doing a performance/installation called "Water" on opening night at 7:30 pm. Curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol.
Exhibition "Her Words: Storytelling with Saris
Exhibition (installation of saris, video and journals) at Ted Kennedy Center,
Dates: July 19-August 9, 2014
Address: House 5, Rd 27(old), Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Inauguration and Book Launch: July 19,2014 at 5 pm (iftar at sundown)
Artist's talk and closing reception: August 7, 2014 at 7 pm
Review in Ananya Magazine
Review in Janakantha
Article in Dhaka Courier
Article in Prothom Alo
Global Group Exhibition on Violence Against Women at World Bank
"1 in 3": a multi-media exhibition on gender-based violence
Address: World Bank Main Building, 1818 H St NW, Washington DC
Time: Opening ceremony and reception, May 22, 2014, 5-8 pm
MUST RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org by May 20.
I have two-large paintings in this show, representing the North America region.
Panel Discussion on Asian American Environmental Activism
"Asian American Environmentalism: Expansions, Connections & Social Change," moderated by Charles Lee, EPA Office of Environmental Justice
Address: Congressional Visitors Center, Meeting Room North, 1st St SE, Washington, DC, hosted by the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
Date: May 21, 2014, 4 pm - 5:30 pm
rsvp to Lmohib@apaics.org
WATER, a performance/installation
Address: Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY
Date/Time: Friday, April 25, 9:30 pm.
Using saris, fire, and water, the performance speaks to climate change and its destruction of lives and heritage.
WATER is part of RECORD & GHOST (curated by Eames
Armstrong), two nights of performances, addressing the role of document, archive, constructions, and remnants in performance itself and long after the fact.
UNWRAPPED 2 performance/installation at Brooklyn Museum
Address: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY
Time: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8 pm
This is part of SAWCC's Sublime Series presented for a "Women's Stories" first Saturdays Event as part of Women's History Month
UNWRAPPED at (e)merge art fair
"Unwrapped," a performance/installation
Address: Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I st. SW, Washington DC
Time: October 3, 2013 at 6 pm (private preview) and October 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Duration: one hour
|http://freepdfhosting.com/9ea7e83534.pdfReview in Berlin Art Link|
Washington City Paper Images
Audio of post-performance dialogue at Hillyer Art Space
Article in Art See
Sublime Virtue Performance/Installation
Sublime Virtue, a performance/installation by Monica Jahan Bose at the Dumbo Arts Festival, as part of SAWCC's "Sublime," curated by Shelly Bahl, Sunita Mukhi, and Jasmine Wahi
address: 100 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY (A and C trains to High Street)
time: September 28 at noon and 4 pm, September 29 at noon.
Statement with details
Article in Epoch Times
Cover Story Brooklyn Paper
Storytelling with Saris Exhibition Premiere
"Layer by Layer: Storytelling with Saris"
Address: Brentwood Arts Exchange, Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, Maryland, 20722
Dates: September 9-October 19, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 5 to 8 pm
Panel discussion on Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 to 8 pm: "Artivism: Can Art Effect Social Change?"; moderated by Helen Frederick
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 3 to 5:30 pm, "All Wrapped Up." a closing event with sari and lungi wrapping, Bangla writing workshops on handmade paper, and a reception with Bengali snacks
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday: 10 am – 7pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4pm
Brentwood Arts Exchange Website
article in the Independent
review in Art Asia Pacific
review in the Sentinel
ArtBeat Radio Report on WAMU
Bus Stop Bangladesh Performance/Installation
Group Exhibition at Taubman Museum
"Her Stories: Fifteen years of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective"
Address: Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Ave SE Roanoke, VA 24011
Dates: June 10 - August 24, 2013
Opening reception: June 14, 2013, 5 to 7:30 pm
Taubman Museum Website
Project Update and Printmaking Demo on Storytelling with Saris
"Storytelling with Saris," Monica Jahan Bose's artist's talk and printmaking demonstration
Address: gallery of Brentwood Arts Exchange, Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, Maryland
Time: 3 to 5 pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013
Independent's article on project
Group Show at Smith Center's Healing Arts Gallery
"Be/Longing, art from the South Asian Women's Creative Collective" (curated by Monica Jahan Bose and Brooke Seidelmann)
Address: Smith Center, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U St, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Dates: March 1- April 13, 2013
Opening Reception, March 1, 2013, 7 - 9 pm
Closing events on Saturday April 13, 2013:
Performance of Indelible Scent by Monica Jahan Bose (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
Artists' talk with special guest Masum Momaya (4:30 to 5:30 pm)
Closing reception (5:30 to 7:00 pm).
Gallery hours: W-F 11 - 5 pm and Saturday 11-3 pm (or by appointment).
Review in Washington Post
TV Broadcast about Be/Longing in Bangladesh with Voice of America on March 8, 2013
Solo Show at Cafritz Gallery, Patricia Sitar Art Center, Washington, DC
"Collapsing Borders," February 7- March 8, 2013
Address: Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Opening reception: 6:30 pm, February 7, 2013
Indelible Scent at Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC
Art Asia Miami 2012 with Gallery Cosmos
GALLERY COSMOS @ Art Asia Miami 2012
International Contemporary Art Fair
Address: Midtown Wynwood Arts District
110 NE 36th Street @ Midtown Blvd
Miami, Florida, Booth D10
Dates: December 5 – 9, 2012
VIP Vernissage, December 4, 2012 from 4 to 8 pm
Fair hours from December 5 – 8, 2012 from 11 am to 7 pm
December 9, 2012 from 11 am to 6 pm.
As part of Art Asia Presents, I will be doing a performance/installation called "Indelible Scent." Performance times: December 4, 5, and 8 @ 6 pm.
Miami Herald Print Edition, Dec. 5, 2012
Miami Herald Basel Blog, Dec. 5, 2012
The Daily Star, Dec. 4, 2012
Patrick Ogle Article, Dec. 9, 2012
Free Ticket to Fair
Article in Vibrant Bangladesh
"Art and Liberation: The Perspective of Three Bangladeshi Women Artists," March 26, 2012, Vibrant Bangldesh Magazine
I was asked to contribute an article for the special edition of "Vibrant Bangladesh" in commemoration of 40 years of Bangladesh's independence.
Group Show at Dhaka Art Center
"Contemporary Voices," August 8-20, 2012
Address: House 60, Road 7A Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1207
Opening Reception, August 10, 2012, 4 - 8 pm
Group Show at Queens Museum of Art
"Her Stories: Fifteen Years of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective" (Curated by Jaishri Abichandani), Queens Museum of Art
Address: Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
Exhibition Dates: August 11, 2012–October 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 3–6pm
Please come to this gorgeous show, where I have a new mini sculptural installation.
Queens Museum Website
"Art, Identity, and Social Change," an artist's talk
Department of Fine Arts, Hyderabad University, Hyderabad, India
Time: Monday, July 30, 2012, 11:30 am
"Her Words: Storytelling with Saris," a presentation/talk
Address: 39th Street Gallery, Gateway Art Center, 3900 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD
Date: Thursday June 14, 2012, 7 pm
I will be giving a talk/presentation about a collaborative printmaking and story project celebrating the achievement of literacy by women in the remote island community of Katakhali, Bangladesh, which is my ancestral village and part of an eco-project run by Samhati, a Maryland charity.
“Indelible Scent”: a performance/ installation
DC Arts Center's gala, Cuisine des Artistes
Date: May 10, 2012, 6:30 pm
Address: Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place NW, Washington, DC 20009
I will be doing my first performative installation at this event.
Tickets available at
Group Show at MOCA DC
"Erotica 2012," MOCA DC Art Gallery
Address: 1054 31st Street NW, Washington DC 20007
Dates: March 2 - 31, 2012
Opening Reception: March 2, 2012, 6 to 10 pm
(Ground floor in the brick Canal Square Building, next to Parrish Gallery).
Duo Show at Sova, Washington, DC
"Heart Warmer," February 15 - March 31, 2012
Address: Sova, 1359 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Opening Reception: February 15, 7 to 11 pm
Closing Party: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 pm to midnight
Group Show at Woman's National Democratic Club, Washington, DC
Address: 1526 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Dates: November 1, 2011 - January 11, 2012
Opening Reception: November 9, 2011, 6-9 pm
Red Dirt Open Studio, Mt. Ranier, Maryland, USA
Red Dirt Open Studio, November 14, 2011, 1-5 pm
Address; 3706 Otis Street, Mt. Ranier, MD 20712
I have created a site-specific installation for this event using saris, sari blouses, copper, onions, and stones.
Group Exhibition at Patricia Sitar Art Center, Washington, DC
"Portraits: 2nd Annual Juried Exhibtion," Oct. 31- Dec. 9. 2011
Address: Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Opening reception and awards ceremony: 6:30 pm, Nov. 3, 2011
The self-portrait "Estrogen/Moonlight by the Red River" won first prize in the show. I will have a solo show at Sitar Art Center in 2013.
South Asian Women's Creative Collective Annual Auction, New York, NY
"SAWCC's 5th Annual Auction and Show," October 19, 2011
Address: Saffronart, The Fuller Building,595 Madison Avenue, Suite 900, New York, NY 10022
I am on the board of this artist's collective and participating in this event, showcasing work by a number of emerging and established artists.
Group Exhibition for Empowered Women International, Takoma Park, MD, USA
Solo Show at Embassy of Bangladesh, Washington, DC
"Who Have You Left Behind?" Mixed-media paintings and installation, May 12-27, 2011
Address: Embassy of Bangladesh, 3510 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008 Metro: Van Ness/UDC (Red Line)
Opening Reception: May 12, 2011 from 6:30 - 9 pm
Special Open House: Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 am to 6 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, May 27 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Embassy Hours: Mon - Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment
Slideshow of Opening
Slideshow of Installation
Article in Daily Star
Article in the Independent
Group Exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
Art Open House for Art Basel Miami Beach
Friday, December 3, 2010, 5 to 9 pm
900 16th Street (6 blocks from Art Basel)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Solo Show at Dhaka Art Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh
"Open the Door (Kholo Kholo Dar)," July 15-26, 2010
Address: House 60, Road 7A Dhanmondi 1207
Inauguration Reception, July 16, 2010, 6 pm
Invitation to Preview
Slide Show of Installation and Receptions
"Open the Door" Catalog
Dhaka Art Center
Article in Daily Star
Article in the Independent
Article in New Age
Article in Prothom Alo
Article in Jai Jai Din
Group Show at Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
14th Prix Antoine Marin, Emerging Painters' Exhibition, Arcueil, Paris
Address: Galerie Municipale Julio Gonzalez, 21 av Paul Doumer, 94110 Arcueil.
Opening reception: Friday, May 28, 2010, 6:30 pm.
Exhibition continues until June 19, 2010.
Hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 7 pm.
More Information and Directions
My entry for exhibition, "Open the Door," acrylic, pigment and newspaper on canvas, 250 x 200 cm
Group Show at Atelier Madhu Basu, Bagnolet, Paris
"Santiniketan," group show with Sharmila Roy and Utpal Chakroborty, April 9-11, 2010
Address:90, rue Victor Hugo, 93170 Bagnolet, Metro: Robespierre (line 9)
Opening reception, April 9, 2010, 6-9 pm.
Dinner reception, April 11, 2010, 7-10 pm
Slideshow of Opening
Slideshow of Closing Reception with Paban Das Baul
Solo Show at Galerie Deborah Zafman, Paris
Art Camp for Inauguration of Dhaka Art Center, January 1-2, 2010.
Address: House 60, Road 7A Dhanmondi 1207
Completed new work, "Happily Ever After."
Slideshow of Inauguration and Art Camp
Solo show at La Galerie, Alliance Française, Dhaka
"Drowning: Is There Time for Love?," July 23-August 5, 2009
Address: Alliance Française de Dhaka, 26 Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1205
Slideshow of Exhibition and Opening
Essay by Leah Stoddard
Article in Alliance Française Magazine
Article in Lifestyle Magazine, The Daily Star
Article in the Daily Star
Article in New Age
Article in The New Nation Independent Daily (internet edition)
Article in The New Nation
Article in Dhaka Courier Magazine
Article in Anannya Magazine (Bangla)
Article in Amader Shomoy (Bangla)
Article in Destiny (Bangla)
Article in Daily Jonokontho (Bangla)
Duo Show at UNESCO, Paris for International Mother Language Day
Solo Show at Galerie Mediart, Paris
Group Show at DFN Gallery, New York, NY, USA
"Summer Flavors," July 5-29, 2001
Solo Show at Genkan Gallery, Tokyo