Volume No. 9 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 1041-1049 January-March 2015

 

CONTEMPORARY ECO-EMBEDDED ART PRACTICES IN ASIA AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE IN PROTECTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS

 

Kumar Sudhir

Department of Fine Arts, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)

 

Received on : October 09, 2014

 

ABSTRACT

 

This paper focuses on examining the significance of the various approaches of art adopted by contemporary asian artists for tackling the threatening situations of pollution, deforestation, global warming etc. To create an awareness of such environmental issues these artists adopt various ritualistic and per formative approaches which also interactively involve the public. In asian context, art, customs, rituals and environment are intertwined together. They are in fact utilized as the various means of seeking loving relationships with nature and the organisms living in it. Such approaches for creating awareness of the values of nature and environment in life are not new. Instead they have been part of various traditions still flourishing throughout Asia. Taking inspirations from these the artists are now not only fulfilling their artistic ambitions but they are also proving to be the active agents in saving the environmental interests. Various ritualistic traditions were devised to create a sense of belonging to the nature and to understand its benevolent properties. Due to rapid industrialization and propagation of consumer mentality during recent decades most of such beautiful practices are disappearing. These factors not only have disturbed the ecological balance in the significant ecological zones but also they have threatened the sustainability of the practitioners of such cultural practices. Analyzing the ecoembedded art practices of contemporary artists like Arahmaiani Feisal, Sheba Chhachhi, Navjot Altaf, Aliya Pabani etc. This paper assesses their contributive extent in awareness for conservation and maintenance of environment.

 

Keywords : Eco-embedded art in Asia, Eco-aesthetics, Politics of ecology, Contemporary eco-sensitive artists, Sustainable ecosystem

 

 

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