BEARTH

BEARTH

Installation, video, multiple media of variable dimensions

TIFA Working Studios, Pune, India, 2016

In collaboration with Lilli Tölp

Bearth attempts to investigate, discuss and initiate a creative response to our understanding of the social and ecological conditions of Pune, Maharashtra, the Indian subcontinent and our globe in general. The exhibition explores the impact of urbanization, chemical farming and other commercial activities on the landscape and the identity of natural space in Pune. 

Shifted (Installation, recycled materials, plants)
As cities are expanding and urbanization, take place, we reach a point when there is a severe alienation from our natural surroundings.  Through the installation a personal attachment is sought to be established with the detached natural space and reality.

Breathing (Kinetic installation, mixed media)
The rythmically moving leaves give voice to the living quality of earth; a fact that is neglected in present day practices.

Community Seed Bank (Community project)
Farmers were invited to collaborate and set up a community seed bank in Pune. The organic materials and seeds of various plants highlight the importance of natural farming and by seed exchange, attempt to offer a sustainable solution for present day’s ecological and social hardships.

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DESIGNATED BREATHING ZONE

DESIGNATED BREATHING ZONE

Installation / Mixed media

HONF Gallery, Yogyakarta – Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2019

The gradual disappearance of rural and wild areas, and their transformation into densely populated cities and urban zones are leading to a series of sustainability problems.  The often debatable city planning, the elimination of green areas, or heavy traffic all contribute to the degradation of urban air quality.  Regulation No. 26/2007 of the city of Yogyakarta claims that 30% of the total area of the city must be used as green open space (Ruang Terbuka Hijau: RTH), from which 20% is public RTH and 10% is private RTH. These areas could play a significant role in air pollution abatement, however, case studies show that this number is not yet fully implemented in practice. Furthermore, air pollution is not only an outdoor but an indoor problem as well. Household activities like cooking emit various particles that are harmful for the environment and human health, while smoking further degrades the quality of indoor air. 

The project aims to raise awareness on the effect of these human activities as well as the importance of green areas and plants in tackling pollution levels. Inspired by a 1989 NASA Report which researched and tested plants that are the most effective in purifying indoor air, the project researches and uses the Sansevieria plant (often called as snake plant or mother-in-law tongue) to critically reflect on the topic of air pollution.  Installation Designated Breathing Zone invites the audience to inhale the air ventillated from an incubated plant modul.

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