Banyan Exhibition - Varanasi


View into the exhibition at Banaras Hindu University.
MOTHER TREE Ananda Surya India (in front)


Opening event at Banaras Hindu University.
Right: Prof Bhanu Agrawal, Dean Faculty of Visual Arts


View into the exhibition


Opening event at Banaras Hindu University


Opening Speech by rof Bhanu Agrawal, Dean Faculty of Visual Arts


Left: TOURNÈE DE FESTIVAL Mr. Enije, Kalime, Togo


KASSEL / RATCHABURI Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch Thailand
WAVES AND OTHER PARTICLES Michael Vorfeld Germany

Right: MARKET PEOPLE Iwayan Suama Bali Indonesia


MERMAIDS Paula Linga Fiji (left)
SIGN OF THE SHINING FLAME Josaja Mc Namara Fiji (right)


MRS. PORN GIVES A TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE
Christine Falk Germany



TREES Veronika Radulovic Germany


BUDDHA 1 - X Khin Zaw Latt Myanmar (left)
SHAMANIC TRAVEL George Simon Guyana (right)


UNTITLED Edorh Sokey Togo (left)
STICK Birgit Kammerlohr Germany (right)



CLIM(B)AX Clea T. Waite USA



UFO Thorsten Nass Netherlands


SOME PLACE TO BELONG Mahiriki Tangaroa Cook Islands


SEEDS Thorsten Streichardt Germany (left)


Video Projection:
ORA Corinne Cimerman Tahiti
A CHILD BECOMES A FATHER Juhani Koivumaki Finland
ENFANT DE LA RUE Max B Benin
SOLOMON ISLANDS BANYAN TREE FAIRY TALE
Clinton Kiko Zinihite Solomon Islands
PASSAGE D´UN GUERRIER REVOLUTIONAIRE Vitshois Mwilambwe-Bondo R. D. Congo
MIRROR Guy Wouete Cameroon
NEON TRIANGLE Jean Jaques Jouet Tahiti
LOVE MAGIC George Tancredo Guyana

THE GAME BB Liu China
BUILDING BLOCKS Will Guthrie Australia

TIED UP IN MEDITATION ?
MEDITATING TANGLES ? Luo Fei China
BANYAN TREE IS BEAUTIFUL Sanchayan Chakma India
MALGRÉ TOUT ! Dominique Zinkpe Benin
TAHITI RA´AU Andreas Dettloff Tahiti


ELEMENTS Madan Lal Gupta India (in front)


KHOJ PROJECT Sakarin Krue-on Thailand


BANYAN VOODOU S.K. Sampaio Togo
Banyan Project Website (left)


LOVE MAGIC George Tancredo Guyana


A.W.C. Ralf Tooten Thailand


TE RO Timi Teanuanua Tahiti


Video Projection:
TOTEM OF HEAVENLY WISHDOM Tamiko Thiel Germany
ZAANSE KLEDEN Hieke Pars Netherlands
CONNECTING EVERYWHERE Laiza Pautehea Tahiti

PAUSING IN DIFFERENCE S. Winkler + S. Köperl Germany
ROSE OF JERICHO (LIVING ORNAMENT)
Anja Vormann + Gunnar Friel Germany
FEM OAK Matthias Neuenhofer Germany
PAUSING IN DIFFERENCE S. Winkler + S. Köperl Germany
STILL LIFE Susanne S. D. Themlitz Portugal
KANAK BANYAN RITUAL Lize Benoit-Capel France
EGBE WE MI MON Matthias Schellenberger Germany
ENERGY Thorsten Fleisch Germany


STRANGE FRUIT Kofi Setordji Ghana (Left in front)
PHENOMENON OF LIGHT AND SHADOW
Penka Pengya Thailand (right)


TAHITI RA´AU Andreas Dettloff Tahiti


ROCKS AND STICHES Jean Paul Forest Tahiti

THE BANYAN TREE -
ART + ENCOUNTERS

Banaras Hindi University
Faculty of Visual Arts
Exhibition Hall, Varanasi

Monday 7 March – Friday 11 March, 2011, daily 10 am - 5 pm
Opening Monday 7 March, 2 pm 

In the northern latitudes the Banyan Tree is known as "Ficus" in the flowerpot, in the tropics, he is revered, loved and feared. In India , the Banyan Tree has enormous cultural importance. After Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Berlin, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji and Fürth, Germany, Varanasi is the 8th station of the worldwide touring exhibition THE BANYAN TREE, it shows paintings, sculptures, videos, photos and installations by more than 50 artists from 20 countries. The art works have been collected by the German media artist Alfred Banze. Inspired from these artworks, he organized numerous workshops for children and young people in schools, galleries, cultural centers and artists' studios in many countries arround the globe. The now displayed exhibition shows both, the original artworks and the „remixes“ by children and young people, all inspired by the Banyan Tree. 

Madan Lal Gupta, Ananda Surya, Rainbow Children and Sanchayan Chakma represent the lifely Indian art scene. Also on display are selected results from Banyan Workshops at BHU Art Department, Gangotri School Varanasi, and a small primary school in the northern part of the town.

Accompanying to the exhibition, workshops, screenings and talks took place:

Banyan Workshop
for visual artists, musicians, writers
Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 March,
10 am - 5 pm

Banyan Workshop Presentation
Thursday 10 March, 2 pm

Banyan Kids Day
Friday 11 March, 2 pm

Supported by: Banaras Hindu University, Ram Chhatpar Shilp Nyas Art Center, Varanasi, India, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Institute for Foreign Relations (IFA), Culture Department, City of Berlin-Neukölln

Exhibition Coordinator:
Suresh K. Nair