Nailing surrealism during the 10th Jaipur Lit Fest

15196057_1190766197673463_8074123261863466403_o From the head to the heart
You take me on a journey
Of letting go
And getting lost in you

For when in Rome do as the Romans do, I’d recommend travellers to the Pink City for the Literature Festival, an Alternative Art space created especially by Wolf. It is an experiential crevasse of recycled design – a brainchild of gifted scarp artists Ritu and Surya Singh….basically an other-worldly forest good for the Wolf and Bees and all things that matter the most!

Happening at the poolside of Clarks Amer Hotel, Bee’17 is an Art & Retail pop-up in collaboration with Tasveer Art Gallery, wherein ‘Journey of a Studio’ (Bourne & Shephard) is being showcased. This year, they’ve nailed surrealism for the 10th anniversary celebrations of both – Tasveer and the Jaipur Lit Fest.

As for Bourne & Shephard – it is THE oldest surviving photo studio in the world, in Esplanade, Kolkata. Unfortunately it lost most of its archives in an infamous fire in 1991, importantly the travel documentation done in India during the uprisings against the colonial enterprise in the 1880s; a photographic narrative by its cofounder Samuel Bourne. The same images have now been sourced from the MAP’s (Museum of Art & Photography) collection, and in a completely different style are stirring our senses, setting it apart from other exhibitions of nineteenth century pictures.

Traversing through the ephemeral forest the discarded books and ‘achadas’ (the underlay for block printing) speak out to you about the forgotten print. These stories took a month to manifest, but nearly an entire year from conceptualization.


Supporting the theatrical work in every sense are the bee’s knees Glenburn Teas, Brigitte Singh, RASA Jaipur, Help-in-Suffering, Full Circle, Bombay Perfumery, Aish, Shed, Shivangi Kasliwaal – Timeless Banaras, Urbania swarming around where everything seems to be goin’ down.

Pitching in, is an artist Neerja Palisetty of Sutrakaar who weaves waste paper into fabrics for attractive colors and textures. Adding to the drama is Gwendoline Dodeline a Parisian, whose whimsical jewellery made of shells, bones, bits of paper is inspired from her travels and life in general.  While one of the pack – Anjana Nair, surreptitiously deconstructs her dreams and surreal thoughts on stones for the lovers of fantasy. Notice the logo she has designed for the show…the raven too has a mythical story to tell.


Also taking a bow for this exhibit are Kartik Bajoria – a teacher and ghost writer, who has envisaged the forest in written words, and Moh Aroussi – a Parisian who like a magician created this scenography; all along staying true to his first love, theatre.


Last but not the least, the icing on the cake is Zolocrust a concept bakery which offers delicious crispy pizzas, the freshest salads (coming straight from the poly-house on the hotel grounds) followed with decadent desserts….accompanied with the best wines and pints of beer for gluttony at its best!

Jan 19 at 11 AM to Jan 23 at 8 PM
Clarks Amer, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur,India

2 Comments Add yours

  1. arv! says:

    Very Interesting. The vintage pictures sounds interesting. Is this entry open for all or by invitation only?

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