Visual artist and certified yoga instructor Kajal Nisha Patel will guide you through her personal experience of using yogic processes to inform her artistic practice. Calmly flowing between asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing) exercises, your body and mind will be stimulated towards new perspectives, encouraging the creation of new textile artworks. Issues of self-care, community, and belonging will also be discussed.
Participants should bring at least one piece of old clothing to use as the basis for a textile artwork.
Please dress in comfortable layers suitable for warmth and free movement. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat and blanket, though these can be provided. All skill levels, in both yoga and art-making, are welcome.
Kajal Nisha Patel (b.1979), is a visual artist whose work spans across disciplines, social groups and contexts. Having previously specialised in lens-based media, she now works as a multidisciplinary artist, primarily using Indian textiles and other found objects. Her work shifts between representation and abstraction. Spanning communities between the UK and India, much of Kajal’s practice focuses on the intersectional lives of South Asian women, their processes of emancipation/transformation while considering the politics of power. In 2008, she founded Lightseekers, a collaborative social practice which uses art and social practice to initiate dialogues between different communities and space is created for sub-alternate narratives. After qualifying as a yoga teacher in 2017, Kajal encourages the use of yogic processes within social and participatory contexts.
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