Anantapur, 4 February 2019 – Six Spanish plastic artists from the Balearic archipelago have created six different art pieces inspired by the Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) programmes in the district. More concretely, the artists aim to highlight the 50th anniversary of the organisation.
Gabriela Seguí and Robert Ferrer have done two wall paintings, one in RDT’s main campus and the other in the High School for Hearing Impaired in Bukkaraya Samudram. The rest of artists have painted their pieces on canvas which will be later exposed on some of RDT’s hospitals, schools and training centers. Along with them, photographerNatasha Lebedevahas documented the entire process
Robert Ferrer, who works in abstract art, has found the interaction with the viewers in Bukkaraya Samudram refreshing: “There is this amazing curiosity, even innocence, in people. They want to know what you are doing, they see it [the art piece] from an uninfluenced perspective which is faboulous for an artist. Because there are no bias when they look at it.”
Their creations will add on the collection left by other 15 high profile Balearic artists who visited RDT a year ago and worked on an art walk inspired by different aspects of human development in India.
After their return to Spain, the artist put their experiences into a series of prints that were sold to fundraise for two schools-cum-community centres across the district.
During their stay, the artists also visited the different RDT handicraft workshops in Bukkaraya Samudram, Bathalapalli and Kuderu, run by women with disabilities. This visit allowed them to broaden their artistic knowledge and to experiment with new materials and techiniques.
This year, the artists have also beein joined by the female choir of the University of the Balearic Islands to perform several concerts and activities to promote a cultural exchenge.
The project, coordinated by art curator Antoni Torres, is possible thanks to the funding of the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics, an organization created by the regional government of the Balearic Islands for the promotion of the language and culture of the Balearic Islands.
About the Rural Development Trust
The Rural Development Trust (RDT) is a non-religious, non-political development NGO working since 1969 to improve the quality of life amongst rural communities in India.
RDT works in 3,713 villages spread across 4 districts of Andhra Pradesh and 2 districts of Telangana. Among them are 276 villages of Chenchu tribes of Nallamala forest areas spread across 29 Mandals.
‘Dignity. Change. Equality’
2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of RDT’s presence in Anantapur. Since 1969, the organisation has been partnering with rural communities for a caring, just and equitable society. The celebrations will be set in motion with the fourth edition of AUM making it even more special.