Updated: Jul 1
My name is Fehmida Chipty, and I am a passionate photographer, a physician by training, and an advocate for social justice.
I have always had a passion for viewing and experiencing Art, however, I did not allow myself to indulge in the creation of Art until the last few years. As I have immersed myself in photography, I have come to realize that in fact, Art is not an indulgence, but a necessity. It allows me to understand myself and the ways I interact with the world.
As I have started to grow my creative practice, it has become an integral part of my life and I have become increasingly aware of the lack of creative engagement and experience within my communities. Our society does not prioritize the Arts. Discussions on Art are certainly few and far between amongst the general population and even across creative communities.
There is an illusion that you need to be specialized in a specific medium to identify as an artist and talk about Art. And further there exists a belief that you need to have studied Art or have a certain sophistication to appreciate Art.
I would like to break down this barrier and make Art and creative practice accessible to everyone. This is where my idea for Art In Conversation originated.
The Art In Conversation series is a platform for intergenerational conversation. A meeting of the minds for both those who identify as Artists and those who do not. It is a safe space to question our preconceived notions and learn from the views and lived experiences of our peers.
Through the first series of these conversations, I have learned that talking about Art and discussing creativity are just as exciting, fun, and fulfilling to me as engaging in my own work. The conversations provide me with the foundation to further nurture my creativity and help fuel my own artistic process.
Those who have participated in the conversations have enjoyed talking with
people of all walks of life, and sharing their perspectives on Art and what it means to be creative. They also appreciate the interactive space and tools to articulate their experience of visual Art.
Since I have learned so much from each of these conversations, I am writing this blog to share this journey.
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