Milan Rai is a conceptual artist who works across social situations, interventions, architecture, urban ecology, community-building, as well as local government.
Eco Social Art Practice
My creative resistance to address environmental issues collided with unjust systems and caused disruption. I encountered obstacles, systematic barriers and learned to reflect and respond to these problems mindfully. My artistic research with lived experiences helped my own understanding of relational aesthetics, eco-social art practice ,urban politics, power dynamics, social structures.
I arrived here with a leap of faith. In this discovery- driven process, I gained perspective and developed zen habits to stay in flow / to be with the chaos in a relaxed way. These productive tensions, are opening up generative questions , appreciative inquiries and lateral thinking to identify the challenges ,relevant methods and socio-material practises for the urban future. Now I am manoeuvring new directions with reflection on where we are going now how we get there? and how far we are from what ought to be.
My blogging evolved slowly as a means to collate my process based eco-social art practice.
Here, I share curatorial essays , stories , eco-sophies , ideas and things that are happening behind the scenes.
Three years ago, I did tree plantations, involving communities with the idea of social sculpture. It was conceived after I stumbled upon a group of elderly people singing devotional songs beneath a tree. I joined them and listened to their conversation that ranged...
I spend countless hours observing the site conditions and immerse myself in the atmospheric blending of light, shadow, forms, gusts, and acoustic surround. I marvel at the intricacies of grasses and the heaven-sent petrichor. Such contemplation or drifting...
We have a tendency to negatively judge the spontaneous vegetation plants that grow without human intent. Indeed, most of the plants that I chose are dismissed as unkempt weeds. I insisted and challenged society’s blind acceptance and cultural perception, I fought and...