Humara Jamun Bagh

For many years Khoj has been working on many social public art projects in and around Khirkee village which has brought many significant changes to the local community. One of Khoj’s intentions is to have artists involved in the local community and Humara Jamun Bagh is one such outcomej. The Humara Jamun Baug community art project is a part of a larger I Have A Dream project initiated by artist Shweta Bhattad. In this project the artist invites other artists, farmers and social organisations from around the world to choose a piece of land in their own countries and to sow seeds or native crops in the form of I Have A Dream in their own local language and take aerial images of it. This is a two year long project from 2014-2016. At present there are 27 countries who are participating.

Shweta Bhattad is also the founder of the Gram Art Project. Gram aims to work in and with rural India on different issues pertaining to village life through community based national and international art projects. Gram is focusing on creating a network between the rural community and artists, social inventors and experts around the world to initiate dialogue which can lead to various sustainable opportunities on both the sides. Gram believe that collective acts and community based art practices are great catalysts for change, leading to global awareness and social, cultural and economic innovation

The Jamun Baug community art project will bring together the I Have A Dream and Gram team comprised of artists, farmers and children from the Paradsinga village, to collaborate with the local Khirkee residents through different community art projects. One element of the project is to bring the local residents of Khirkee together to sow a temporary garden. This project is an important step in connecting our younger generation with food, soil and farming.

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