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a place to fall apart

R Bhardwaj, Deepikah (2024) a place to fall apart. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: R Bhardwaj, Deepikah

a place to fall art is part of an exhibition that crafts a speculative world, urging viewers to momentarily unwind beneath a canopy of eight smaller suspended artworks. This exhibition emerged from practice-based research, utilizing diverse materials like algae, kombucha, takeaway containers, gelatine, metal, and plants. These materials were used to explore Donna Haraway's idea of sympoesis, through an embodied Indian understanding of ancestral ways of thinking about interconnectedness and ontology. These eight assemblages/artworks are interconnected within the installation, resembling a spider's web, woven with crochet patterns and painting using spirulina pigment, including an algae-arachnid hybrid, one kinetic mobile, and other ephemeral sculptures that reflect an appreciation of child-like play that I developed as a methodology. a place to fall apart came about as a personal need to create a speculative space to come undone as an Indian woman and mother, existing in several ecological and humanitarian crises while also thinking about how to trouble post-colonial and settler-colonial imaginaries of futurity by building relationships. This research invites viewers to consider worlds beyond survival in the “end times” that weave stories of new, inclusive, collaborative futures. I argue that joyful resilience in ecological crises includes celebrating human-nonhuman kinship and reclaiming the collective possibility to heal together.

Keywords: Climate crises, Anthropocene, sustainability, Ecofeminism, Motherhood, Care, Resilience, Play.

Date: 15 April 2024
Divisions: Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 15:48
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 15:48
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4384

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