Maharashtra in Western India is home to the indigenous Warli tribe, famous for their wall painting. A Warli village school hosts Japanese and Indian artists-in-residence whose output includes murals. Students and children who don’t attend school see the murals taking shape every day on the white walls of the school. The general public can see the artists’ creations for free at the three-day Wall Art Festival, which aims to convey the power of art to children and communicate conditions in the region to the outside world, in the hope that it will lead to improvement of the local education system and infrastructure. The theme for this tenth festival, organized since its inception by the Wall Art Project, is “Forest Awakening.” Artists work on their creations with Warli children who were brought up in the jungle-enclosed village.
Invited artists: Maki Ohkojima (painter), Emiko Tsutsumi (printmaker), Ryo Matsuoka (artist), Kae Minami (dancer), Gauri Gill (photographer), Rajesh Chaitya Vangad (Warli painter).
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Wall Art Festival and Earth Art Project have been held since 2010 at schools in India and Japan, with artists invited from Japan, India and other countries participating in the international aid-through-art activities of these projects. 2015 saw the start of “social sculpture” initiative, the noco project, in the Warli village that hosts the Wall Art Festival. By combining traditional Warli house construction methods and Japanese interior design, noco project participants built a “home” which serves as an activity hub. With “noco” (a Warli word meaning “it is sufficient”) as its keyword,”noco design” is proposed as a sustainable home design style and philosophy that works with the cycle of the biodiversity around.
Wall Art Project
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