Abode of Clouds

 

Where the hill sleeps to the rippling music of babbling brooks and cascading waterfalls, where  clouds play hide and seek in the blink of an eye and hugs the rolling hills of the rainiest place on earth, where the root bridges symbolizes the pride, peace and strong bond of brotherhood and mysterious holy sacred grooves hypnotizes you, this is Meghalaya “the Abode of Clouds” a State in the amazing North-East India, bountiful with its own rich traditional culture.

For one month every year, the Abode of Cloud became a hub of the international creative exchange through an art residency programme called „Artists Point“. Professional artists from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, France, Bangladesh and India have gathered in the past two years here and learned more about the diversity of Indian Culture, exchanged their creative ideas with the local youth and art enthusiasts. They got their inspiration through the  beautiful and untouched nature and the friendly and helpful people of Meghalaya remained etched in their memories forever.

School Children from the rural areas of East-Khasi hills of Meghalaya took part in the extensive workshops during the Art Residency programmes conducted by the International resource artists.  The  young school students proved their talent and enthusiasm towards the art by  creative understanding of topics and techniques taught in the workshops. The Nongpriang School, which is located 3 hours walk up to steep hill to the nearest road participated in the final competition and won the 1st prize in the year 2017 for their environmental project using bamboo material. Teachers from the schools also collaborated and help to convey the knowledge of Artists to the Children during the training sessions. As a part of the programme  International Artists visited local schools, which participated in workshops. Artists‘ Point programme focuses on interaction with youth and local artists as well. The seminars with local artists as Benedict Hynniewta, Lang Kupar War, Johan Lyngdoh, Lumkyrpang Kharkongor, Rembrand Warjri and others were taken up during the residency programmes. Artists from Meghalaya had opportunity to exchange their ideas about the art, discuss about the differences and similarities of the art scenario in India and abroad.

The exhibition „Abode of Clouds“ is the reflection, the visual record capturing the essence and spirit of Meghalaya in the eyes of folowing paricipating artists: Jana Bednárová (SK), Juhikadevi Bhanjdeo (IN), Dominik Bouma (CZ), Eliška Fialová (CZ), Zsofia Hajdu (HU), Barbora Chlastáková (CZ), Moinuddin Moni (BD), Juliana Mrvová (SK), Kateřina Pěkná (CZ), Jan Pražan (CZ), Gabriela Valls Schorr (ES), Michaela Vrbková (CZ)

Jana Bednárová