SESSION TWO | 1:00PM – 2:00PM
LABOR AS RESISTANCE:
SPINNING FOR LIBERATION
Led by Sheetal Prajapati
COOPER FOUNDATION BUILDING, 8TH FLOOR, PETER COOPER SUITE
Note: Spinning cotton requires the use of both hands. Participants may stand or be seated. Elements of this workshop are conversational/dialogical. This session requires pre-registration and is capped according to venue size.
This workshop will explore spinning cotton as a form of collective labor resistance, started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1918 during the Khadi Movement. The movement was established to promote economic and social resistance to the ruling British Empire in rural communities during the Indian Independence Movement. Taking Gandhi’s approach of self-reliance as a collective practice to promote a localized self-sustaining economy, participants will learn and practice the basics of hand spinning cotton with a wooden drop spindle. Through this dialogical and hands-on experience, we’ll consider radical system building and collective labor as forms of resistance.
Sheetal Prajapati works across the fields of art and public engagement as an educator, artist, curator, and administrator. Prajapati is on the faculty in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts (New York) and founded Lohar Projects in 2019, an arts and culture advising service for cultural organizations, artists, and art professionals.