Milan Rai is a social practice artist whose works and artistic research span the countryside and the urban landscapes of the Metropolitan . His work offers much-needed green spaces and critical discourse on urban park development.
His urban intervention is a humble effort to unearth the poetry of spaces and build from them avoiding further harm to ecological aestheics and deeper senisibilites.
Eco Social Art Practice
I urged city agencies to reflect on why public spaces fail and rethink the development of green infrastructures.My action research and eco-social art practice are backed by the philosophy of Mundhum, landscape literacy, theories, and practices. Both the problems and opportunities are immense so I seek ways out ways to culitvate both empathy and agency to realize the potential of public spaces. I reimagine the possible futures and retell our earthly stories. I continue to work with policymakers, architects, anthropologists, ecologists, scientists, musicians, poets, indigenous people, and a wide array of disciplines with a focus on designing meaningful places.
My urban interventions are not the final answers but my questions and appreciative inquiries about the possible future. This work is an expansion of my long-term art project namely White Butterflies.
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.
ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME In 2018, I had done a tree plantation involving the locals with an idea of social sculpture. I frequently came to this place and joined the elderlies singing devotional songs beneath a tree. I listened to their conversation that ranged from...
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...