The eighth edition of the international festival Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2018 kicked off on 28th August, 2018 and for the next four months, until 30th November 2018, will remain in the spotlight of the International artistic communities. The theme for the 2018 Nature Art Biennale is ‘NATURE – PRIVATE SPACE – SHELTER’. A series of exhibitions and events will be on at the two exhibition venues, the Yeonmisan Nature Art Park and Geumgang Nature Art Center. There are 164 artists from 43 countries participating in the various categories.
Artist Aarti Zaveri represents India with two of her works selected for the Video Exhibition ‘Wind’ and Nature Art Cube Exhibition ’12x12x12 + Nature’. In the Video Exhibition ‘Wind’, Zaveri’s video art titled ‘Woman Trying to Breathe’ will be playing in a loop. This 2 min14 sec video has been shot on the artist herself. Defining ‘Wind’ as air or breath, Aarti Zaveri said, “The life sustaining wind/air is no longer the ‘as usual’ thing. The future world wars are not just going to be for the control of Water but also for the control of Air. In countries like Japan, people have already started buying a few ‘whiffs of pure air’ and the human beings wearing oxygen masks.”The artist gives the metaphor of ‘woman trying to breathe’ a double edge in order to underline the fact that in the war for air also the first victim to fall is a woman. “Life without pure air is claustrophobic. This woman while breathing witnesses how the winds ‘change’ elsewhere in the world through the juxtaposition of various wind/air related images,” she added.
In the Nature Art Cube Exhibition ’12x12x12 + Nature ‘, Aarti’s installation titled ‘Square Womb’, is drawing attention and good reviews for its stunning simplicity and depth of message. Described as ‘Suspended Crystal dreaming of its limits and possibilities’, the artist has used bamboo, iron wire, nails and silicon cube.
Aarti Zaveri has extended her immense creativity beyond her canvases, into installation art, to great international acclaim. Her works were exhibited in Germany at the Visitor Center of Messel Pit and at the Center in Kühkopf at the Rhine river as a part of the Global Nomadic Art Project (GNAP) Europe, which just ended on 12 August, 2018. She is the Winner of Seychelles Biennale 2017.
Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2018 was hosted by the Korean Nature Artists’ Association-YATOO, which promotes nature art around the world. The works are minimalistic, done through minimal action, installation, and simple drawings, subtle and sparse. Harmonious with this understated approach to their art, is their low-key approach to publicity. Aarti Zaveri is of the same ilk. Shy and inward looking, she has preferred to stay away from the glare of the limelight. But her works speak louder and are drawing the spotlight on her.