TaFMA ‘Art Residency’ kicks off at RCEMPA

Artists and officials at the inauguration of the art residency at RCEMPA in the village of Jotsoma on Tuesday. (EM pictures)

Our correspondent

Kohima, August 2 (EMN): A nine-day “art residency,” organized by the Task Force for Music and the Arts (TaFMA) and the Art for Change Foundation, kicked off at the Regional Center of Excellence for Music and Performing Arts on Tuesday ( RCEMPA) in Jotsoma.

While the intention of holding the art residency is to create a cross-cultural experience, it also seeks to create space for important conversations through the works of artists they would be producing in the coming days.

Art for Change Foundation executive director Isaac Gergan said the primary goal is to seek out critical dialogues that can be addressed through conversations and through the art they produce.


It aims to create a cross-cultural experience while celebrating context. He hopes the collaboration will have the synergy where artists can really come together and build community.

Through this experience, they look forward to their artists benefiting from the conversations, the process of creating art together, exploring new mediums, and creating work that would encourage important and needed conversations through the work that they produce, he added.

Gergan added that the focus is more on the process than the product and encouraged young people and students to be part of their creative process. In this regard, he informed that on Friday and Saturday after 2 p.m. the doors would remain open to interested artists.

The activities of the nine-day program include an orientation, daily artist presentations where the artists would share their work, a “chai time” (tea time) where the artist would come together and share their thoughts and reflections. Along with this, resource speakers would come and share about different aspects of Nagaland.

Youth Resources and Sports Secretary Wezope Kenye said most Naga artists run their own private shops to express their ideas and feed off the random need for paint.

Art has played a huge role in Naga society as it depicts how ancestors and ancestors lived and how they celebrate through drawing figures representing their clothing and cultures.

Old portraits from the past are still used in student life in the form of textbooks and storybooks where they promote and preserve ancient history, he said.

He added that Nagaland is the only state in India that hosts an Office for Music and Arts which acts as an important wing of the Department of Youth Resources and Sports. TAFMA welcomes and promotes music and the arts as an industry and provides a platform for the growth and development of Naga musicians and artists.

TaFMA Project Director Dr. Hovithal Sothu informed that a total of seven visual artists from in and out of state will actively participate in the residency program. Once the artists have completed their work, their works will be exhibited and put up for sale.

Of the seven artists, four come from Nagaland and one from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. Most of the revenue generated from the sale of their works would go to the artists, while a small portion would be donated to TafMA and Art for Change Foundation.

Art for Change Foundation is a New Delhi-based arts organization founded with the belief that art plays a profound role in exploring the issue of human dignity and the common good.

Delhi-based artist Jayita Barai (27), who is taking part in the residency, said she was looking forward to interacting with the local artists as it would create conversations and dialogues about their practices and learn from each other. others.

One of the participants, Tatsimu Trakha (23), who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, in the Department of Modeling and Sculpture, hopes to learn more from his fellow participants. .

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