PARTICIPANT / Shweta Bhattad

 

Shweta Bhattad is a visual artist and performer. She is a trained sculptor, having completed her BFA in Nagpur, and MVA in MS University of Baroda. She has worked across mediums in the past, with a strong focus on issues of women’s safety, education and the female body. She is also a founder member of the Gram Art Project Collective, which is a group of farmers, artists, women, makers, etc. These are people of different ideas and identities but connected together by living and working in and around a village they all are concerned about. This village is Paradsinga, situated in Sausar Tehsil of Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.

Paradsinga is like any other Indian village, undergoing migration with people aspiring for jobs to escape the poverty ridden circle of agriculture and patriarchal structures, while still trying to stick to their traditions, superstitions and religious beliefs. With this journey in the backdrop, they are trying to build their collective consciousness around understanding this journey, its repercussions, the vitalities and the trivialities of it and be expressive while doing it. This expression comes out through the Collective’s work and artworks. Sometimes these artworks take the form of landarts, sometimes they take the form of yarn artefacts made from the non-GM (Genetically Modified) IPR-free (Intellectual Property Rights) non-hybrid indigenous cotton they grow. These expressions also take the form of plantable seed papers and eatable artefacts made from the organic produce from their farms. Additionally they also use performance, making and other media as other forms of expressions.