Born in Britain, Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist and activist whose work spans painting, film, photography, printmaking, performance, and interdisciplinary projects. Her solo projects and performance/installations have been presented at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum, UNESCO (Paris), MACRO (the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome), Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Bangladesh National Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival (NY), (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair Miami, and the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center (Honolulu). In 2018, she created the large scale installation FOOTPRINT in Athens as part of the UNESCO World Book Capital celebration at the invitation of the Athen’s Mayor’s Office. In 2019, she created the public art project WRAPture, covering five Washington DC buildings with collaborative saris, funded and commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, through the National Endowment on the Arts. She has received numerous grants, awards, and public art commissions. She is the creator of STORYTELLING WITH SARIS, a longterm collaborative art and advocacy project with her ancestral village of Katakhali, Bangladesh. STORYTELLING WITH SARIS has traveled to 10 US states and six countries, engaging thousands of people. Bose studied art at Wesleyan University and Santiniketan (India) and has a law degree from Columbia Law School. She currently lives and works in Washington DC.
ShuiShuta (Needle & Thread): an interactive performance/installation
Bangladeshi-American feminist artist Monica Jahan Bose creates a performance with hand-woven saris from Bangladesh, exploring questions of labor, gender & industry, including the inequitable gender impacts of the garment industry and climate change. Bose uses the hand-woven cotton sari as a symbol for women’s bodies and the cycle of life on our planet. She invites viewers to join the performance by sewing with her and writing or drawing personal climate pledges on a sari. The sari will later be worn as a garment by a coastal woman in Bangladesh. The performance is woman-led, but allies of all genders may join.