Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) is partnering with Madhusmita Bora, a folk and traditional artist, teacher and trained journalist as she gathers oral histories to present a range of diverse and uniquely personal stories within the Indian American community. This exhibition centers on community members located in and around Mercer, Burlington, Middlesex and Somerset Counties who will share their stories through visual and audio presentations. Individuals who will be selected reflect a broad scope of this community through a lens of ability, age, caste, economic, education, immigration status, language, religion, and sexual orientation. Join us as we stay hyperlocal and focus on the intimate stories which connect us through love, loss and resilience.
This exhibition is Artist Led, Community Driven, presenting an opportunity to engage our community with the lead artist’s creative practice, while encouraging community members to expressing their stories, ideas, and passions through the artist’s medium, or process, of choice. Bora will host a workshop at GFS in 2023 and we will offer additional opportunities to learn more about the interview and selection process. GFS is thrilled to work with The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) as a preservation partner, ensuring the stories shared for this exhibition will be permanently saved for future generations.
Grounds For Sculptures’ curatorial plan identifies our exhibition practice as a driver for community engagement, which includes supporting innovative approaches to curate to broaden our reach through the presentation of new voices (curators and artists) and ideas. With that mandate GFS is excited to engage with artists and communities in new ways. This exhibition allows us to deep dive with key part of our current audience, the regional Indian community, while working in partnership with artists, like Bora, and deepening our relationship with our core community members in and around GFS.
Co-Curated by Kathleen Ogilvie Greene, Chief Audience Officer at Grounds For Sculpture, and Quentin Williams, Founder and CEO of Dragon Tree Media Group
Local Voices: Memories, Stories and Portraits is supported in part by the Atlantic Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.