Grant Summary
Artist Statement
As an artist, my project-centered practice is curious, critical, and joyful. I often use playful materials like piñatas and ice cream because they can be openings to difficult conversations about where we have been and where we are going. I also use found objects, photographs, and soil for what they have witnessed. My hope is that in my work people can find something familiar, a point of connection, just as I seek connection in the world around me. I am also a founding member of the People’s Kitchen Collective (PKC) bringing together art, food, and justice. PKC centers our experiences as people of color. We bridge histories of resistance with urgent issues facing us today. My independent and collective practices are both accountable to many communities. We create work with and for youth and elders, grassroots organizations, activists, neighbors, and students, inviting a wide range of creative practices to the table.
  • STREETS! 2018, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Interdisciplinary project. Photo by Brooke Anderson.

  • Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall 2016, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Interdisciplinary social practice with piñatas, party materials, music, and food. Photo by Sana Javeri Kadri.

  • The Place Where the Answers Were: The Archive of Dreams (Los lugares donde se encontraban respuestas: El archivo de los sueños) 2018, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, New and archival photographs, camera, found objects. Photo by Charlie Villyard.

  • The Places Where the Answers Were: The Archive of Dust 2018, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Tule Lake Dust, Kitazawa seed, archival images. Courtesy of the artist.