Stéphanie Pommeret in the City of Nawabs !

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For the second year in a row, Alliance Française de Lucknow added a unique French touch to the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival (Feb 1 to 5) by hosting Stéphanie Pommeret. The French visual artist is known for her poetic works which highlight social issues. Her artistic residency in Lucknow is the result of an international collaboration between Côtes d’Armor le Département, the French Institute in India, the French Embassy in India, the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival, and Alliance Française de Lucknow.

Stéphanie Pommeret (second from left) with the organising committee of  Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival and Richard Franco (Director, AF Lucknow)

Stéphanie Pommeret (second from left) with the organising committee of Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival and Richard Franco (Director, AF Lucknow)

Stéphanie arrived from Saint-Brieuc (Brittany, France) on Jan 14 and flagged off her visit with a meeting with Madhavi Kukreja and the Sanatkada Team on Jan 15. During the course of her stay, she met craftsmen from different parts of Lucknow to understand local materials and techniques. These were incorporated into her project Maps of the World which was on display at the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival. On Jan 21, Stéphanie visited the Self Employed Women’s Association (Lucknow) to design and create the first iteration of her World Maps using block printing. These designs were then embroidered using the delicate technique of chikankari.

Stéphanie at SEWA (Lucknow) learning the Chikankari technique for her project 'Maps of the World'

Stéphanie at SEWA (Lucknow) learning the Chikankari technique for her project ‘Maps of the World’ | Photo Credits – Richard Franco

On Jan 24, Stéphanie ran a workshop for approximately 30 students from Grade 5 to Grade 7 at K. K. Academy (Indira Nagar, Lucknow). At the Academy, she provided students with printed World Maps wherein they could present their unique visions of the world using colours and letter blocks. This activity was made possible thanks to Lakshmi Kaul and was highly appreciated by the students as it enabled them to portray their personal impressions of the world in a creative manner.

Stéphanie with the students of K. K. Academy | Photo Credits - Richard Franco

Stéphanie with the students of K. K. Academy | Photo Credits – Richard Franco

The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival is dedicated to the memory of the Late Indira Mahindra – a lady whose contribution to the arts and culture of Lucknow left an indelible mark on the city. The festival theme for 2019 was Husn-e-Karigari-e-Awadh (i.e. the beauty of the artisinal crafts of Awadh). Keeping this theme in mind, Stéphanie created a collaborative map of the world with marigolds on the first day of the festival. For the second day, she put up another installation using traditional oil lamps.

Two different ‘Maps of the World’ presented by Stéphanie during the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival | Photo Credits – Richard Franco

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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