Introducing KIPAF

PERFORMERS iNDEPENDENT (Pi) was an independent artists' collective, experimenting and exploring the traditional, modernist and contemporary spaces in the cultural paradigm. The Kolkata International Performance Art Festival was initiated by Pi in 2012 to annually open up the city of Kolkata to diverse traditions of performance, performitivty and interventions. Since then Pi has got fragmented but KIPAF has taken deeper roots.

The festival aims to be a platform for dialogue between site, art, politics and culture. KIPAF acknowledges the nascent nature of Performance Art in India, and will always play a role in the pedagogy of performance art.
The festival is be held between 23rd-26th January every year.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Aopala's poetic report #kipaf15 day 3

Report by Aopala Bannerjee -

THE Day three---

The artist, gather in the morning at academy of fine arts.
they spent few time around the corner.
the third day of kipaf witnessed schedule performance,throughout the day.
the location of the artist shifts around the academy of fine arts and  at the area around Victoria
at 11 am,kolkata art college and students from academy of fine art student choose to work.
Dorothea from Switzerland ,followed by augustine,and other perfomers.
it was a Sunday

the crowd had gathered around Dorothea in her performance engaged the audiences. 
they moved as she suggested.few disobeyed.
she shouted loud, so that her instructions are followed.
she had some papers which had sketches of donky and few countries.
she asked the people to recognise the motives sketched on the paper.
few answered.
she distributed them to the people around.
slowly the people were standing opposite to her.
they were there to follow her.
they moved in her rhythm.
"you are so beautiful"
     augustine from india followed after her.

then sheiji from japan.

         then ended.
we moved toward lunch place.
the food was there.
                              now i start from college square.
         assuming that all came.
in this short journey.the metros carried them.they walked through the street.

Hemant from india was working.
he applied alta in his legs.kajal in his eyes.
wore shakha and pola.
applied sindoor.
wore a gamcha.
he pulled a hand rickshaw.
bethoven played in the rickshaw
he moved rapidly.along the street.
he changed passengers.
each time new people sat.
he went on.
the real rickshawala fought with us for money.
they wanted more.a bit of the matter was resolved.
            the square had a swimming pool inside.

she had a plastic bag with some water and a fish in it
stood with one leg in the muddy water
held it up
looked at it 
started moving 
went through the crowd
climbed up to the pavement area

handed the bag to someone 
went away and watched what will happen next
people passed it around
a person got it and kept looking at it     

Pavi (Pavitra Mehta)
placed bricks in a circle
placed genda phool on one brick
then on  a few others
no noticeable pattern
sat in the middle
took a paper bag
placed over head and face
all slowly
set a patient rhythm
she painted a face with black paint
stared at us
she now overpainted  the face with white paint
raised her hands
swayed her body
then,she dipped her hand in the black paint
she smeared the paint on the brown bag, the painted face
the bag started tearing
it fell down
we saw her face..

My mother performance by Jessica
         Jessica talks about mother.

"we all have mothers"
she asks us to draw our mothers.
we drew.
she asked the people to talk about their mothers.
good things and bad things
we take our drawings and disperse.performance ends
the day saw many more performances.the place around the square was full with people, curious about our work.with the fall of the evening,the vendors come
we bought food.
Bukan does her performance by posting letters 
and then we slowly move. we reach jadavpur.
people bit exhausted
let them sleep.

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