04.12.20, 15:00 – 04.12.20, 16:30

How to do Nothing – A workshop by Dharmendra Prasad

Rolling through orality, toil, winds, dimensions, horizon and deteriorating seasons, Dharmendra Prasad harvests imagination, memories, times, change and toil, that are stored as residue in the backyard of life’s goal. Through the medium of need, time, toil and soil Dharmendra’s practice gets cultivated and tilled-up in the form of installations, videos, paintings, photography, events, travelogue’s and beyond. Born in-between stories, discrimination, hierarchies, chaos and silence, full of winds and dusts, without any address Dharmendra practices between the fields of gangatic plains to the villages, waterbodies and rainforests of northeast India.

Dharmendra is currently collaborating with Tara Lasrado on «carebiosphere», a new work on landscapes of care and notions of community rooted across India, Switzerland and beyond, initiated during  the “Home Not Alone” residency organised by Pro Helvetia New Delhi. Tara and Dharmendra met at under the mango tree, a self-organised gathering of “unlearning” that took place in Shantiniketan, India in February 2020 and focused on land-based learning, rural and performance practices that address our relationship to the individual and collective body.

Dharmendra and Tara have developed a workshop on how to do nothing in collaboration with Do Nothing Curating. The participants will experiment with doing nothing, toiling, and waiting – a continuation in practices of locality that lay ground to Dharmendra’s artistic work.

The workshop will take place at School of Common Zoom Lunchtable Room:

Zoom Room: 548 005 809
Password: 9bF06H

The Residency is part of the Emerging Artist Award platform organised by the Foundation for Indian contemporary Art and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Dharmendra Prasad is the EAA recipient for 2019.