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In-person Aalpana-making art event
September 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 amFree
SFCC Library and PDAC present
Aalpana-making, a form of circular ground art rooted in ceremonial art traditions from south Asia
Live Aalpana-making led by SFCC art instructor Sudeshna Sengupta
9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the SFCC Courtyard
The Aalpana will be available for viewing until it is dismantled at sunset.
Aalpana ground art is an ancient form of ‘ephemeral art happening’ rooted in ceremonial art traditions of south Asia, in which the art-making process offers a collective experience to the individual viewers and participants gathering around it through the duration of the artform. Temporary in nature, traditionally the process of creating this form of circular floor art brings people together to welcome and celebrate special occasions. Our natural tendency to form a unified whole from smaller parts — help people, who gather around it develop a calming focus to collectively set goals for common good and work together.
Sudeshna Sengupta, MFA is an Adjunct Faculty member at the SFCC School of Arts, Design, & Media Arts. Her career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy of decolonizing studio art. Besides her academic training and contemporary art practice, Sudeshna Sengupta grew up with and around various traditional art forms in India, all of which continue to nurture her life and art.