Director: Monica Jahan Bose | Producer: Monica Jahan Bose, Transformer DC
Focus Years: 2022 | Country: United States
In Offering, Bangladeshi-American artist Monica Jahan Bose draws on rituals using water, turmeric, salt, and saris to speak to climate change, rising waters, and salt incursion into agricultural soil. Offering is part of her ongoing climate justice art project Storytelling with Saris (started in 2012), which collaborates with women from her ancestral island village and people in the US. The sari, a precolonial garment that is passed down through generations and never discarded, represents continuity and renewal. Bose makes offerings to the wind, sand, and sea towards the goal of renewal and cleansing. With a circle of handwoven climate-themed saris, she creates a healing space, offering the opportunity to increase our connection with the Earth and inspire us to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and cool down our planet. The performance took place in 2021 as part of the Siren Arts residency and was supported by Siren Arts and Transformer DC. Cinematography by Matt Gere. Original soundtrack by Sonia Herrero.