“Stories of Healing in Cloth” by Dia Mehhta Bhupal

Nila and The Art Lab Studio are pleased to unveil a public art installation entitled “Stories of Healing in Cloth,” conceived by leading Indian contemporary artist Dia Mehhta Bhupal and Neha Modi. The
exhibition will be displayed at Nila House in Jaipur starting March 9, 2022 and will be on view until July 31, 2022.

The project is an evolution of Bhupal’s and Nodi’s ongoing Corona Quilt Project, a community engagement initiative that offers an uplifting, inclusive channel of collective healing post-Covid through creative expression using crafts that are an organic, everyday part of life in India. The artwork also celebrates the vast and historically deep textile-based craft ecosystems that were made particularly vulnerable during the 2020 global pandemic, yet remained resilient and sustained through community-focused initiatives.

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Installation view of “Stories of Healing in Cloth” at Nila House in Jaipur, India.

The installation will be comprised of a patchwork of individual textiles handmade by over 200 artisans across Rajasthan, with contributions from students, craft enthusiasts and experts. The idea is to create opportunities for connection between people and their stories to bring about a healing pause in ordinary people’s days by creating artworks with their hands. The public nature of this piece will bring uplifting narratives into the fabric of the city, with the beauty of this collective work of art encouraging people to take the time to slow down, watch and reflect.

Corona Quilt Project Nila House Jaipur
Additional views of the Corona Quilt Project at Nila House in Jaipur, India.

Realized in collaboration with Healing Arts Jaipur – the Indian chapter of an international initiative engaging with art as the new frontier in healthcare and well-being – the project will present a unique textile art piece that embodies the spirit of healing through gestures of creative expression. Healing Arts Jaipur is an initiative officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As a part of the growing, pan-India Corona Quilt Project – a project spearheaded by Bhupal and Modi – the installation will carry a multitude of 15-inch textile squares representing the range of textile craft traditions across Rajasthan. The final artwork will carry Rajasthan’s iconic, heritage crafts of hand block printing, dhabu mud-resist printing, kantha and tagai stitch, appliqué and ralli embroidery, leheriya and natural indigo dyeing. Each square will represent an individual’s interpretation on the themes of “Nature” and “Rhythm” – a contemplation on ideas of regeneration, growth and harmony.

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More views from “Stories of Healing In Cloth,” conceived by artist Dia Mehhta Bhupal.

Dia Mehhta Bhupal is one of India’s leading contemporary Indian artists, with a nuanced practice that focuses extensively on photography and a particular emphasis on redefining everyday images as commonly interpreted by society. Bhupal’s artworks have been exhibited at galleries and art fairs across the world, and are included in prominent art collections worldwide. Born in Mumbai, Bhupal studied photography at The Parsons School of Design in New York. She currently lives and works between Mumbai and Hyderabad in India.

Indian artist Dia Mehhta Bhupal
Artist Dia Mehhta Bhupal.

To see more of Dia Mehhta Bhupal’s work, check out her Instagram feed here.

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