A practice based research challenge, ‘Voice of Art’ was a unique endeavour by Nirmal Bhartia School that attempted to combine student enquiry of social and environmental issues affecting our everyday lives with original expression using the methods and techniques of new or traditional visual arts media.
Our theme for this year’s inaugural edition of ‘Voice of Art’ was ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’, which sought to highlight and encourage responses to the deplorable and potentially hazardous quality of air in the city of Delhi.
Non-competitive and non-restrictive in format, the founding motivation behind the challenge was to encourage ‘different ways of seeing’ and give students the opportunity to develop new and original lenses or frameworks for studying long standing social issues that seem to evade easy solutions.
As a culmination of the challenge, the work of the students was displayed a specially curated, two day exhibition at Sanskriti Kala Kendra on Friday, 30th November and Saturday, 1st December, 2018.
The challenge offered the participating teams,an opportunity of receiving expert and valuable feedback from an eminent panel of experienced art educators, artists and thought leaders.
Our esteemed panel of experts comprised Dr.Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Ms. Vidya Shivadas, the Director of the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art- FICA, and Mr. Anirudh Sharma and Mr. Nikhil Kaushik -Co-founders of Graviky Labs, an MIT Spinoff that captures air pollution and recycles it into inks. Graviky Labs has joined hands with international artists to spread the message of environment conservation.
Workshops for students were organized on the occasion by Ms . Nilanjana Nandy, visual artist, educator and researcher and Mr. Rohit Mehra, deputy commissioner , income tax , Ludhiana ,who has floated the idea of erecting ‘green walls’.
During the course of the project all participants got an opportunity to receive inputs from Mr. Ravi Agarwal, an eminent inter disciplinary artist, curator, writer and environmentalist.
The most rewarding aspect of the Voice of Art project was the overwhelming response we received from various schools across Delhi. It was heartening to note that the youth today is socially conscious, aware of the challenges they face and are ready to be the change that they wish to see in the world.