2023 Mid-Career Project Grantee | $10,000
PRAIRIE|CONCRETE–an embodied movement project by Pramila Vasudevan, commissioned by Public Art Saint Paul (PASP)–explores relationships between movement-making and plant-growing processes, seeking connections in a time of disconnection via embodied listening and embodied movement with audiences in Saint Paul. The commission will unfold across 3 City of Saint Paul Parks through a series of botanic movement sessions and workshops as part of the first Wakpa Triennial Arts Festival (June – Sept 2023).
Pramila Vasudevan is a movement-centered artist, cultural worker, and maker of community-rooted/routed transdisciplinary work. She is the founder and artistic director of Aniccha Arts (est. 2004), an experimental collaborative producing site specific performances that examine agency, voice, and group dynamics within community histories, institutions, and systems. She is an artist associate of Pillsbury House Theatre, and a 2021-23 Omnivers artist at Red Eye Theater. She is a recipient of the 2022 Joyce award in partnership with Public Art St. Paul, 2022 USA artist fellowship, 2017 Guggenheim fellowship and 2016 McKnight fellowship in choreography. She is of Tamil descent and has been living and working in the Twin Cities, on stolen Dakota land, for the past twenty seven years. Her current practice involves gardening, hosting conversations and community gatherings. She is interested in developing improvisational movement structures inspired by growing practices in gardens and greenhouses, and by plant cycles in the urban wild. www.aniccha.org
Pramila Vasudevan was a Forecast 2019 Mid-Career Professional Development Grantee.
The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.