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Reiko Shimizu

Reiko Shimizu

"work in process" series of actions 2014-15; Gallery Squire Circle, Kala Kendra, Auroville, Pondicherry- Tamil Nadu, India; 2014-15

Art residency in Auroville


Thirty-one days in Auroville! Endless ideas, but no idea

Darkness on the gallery basement. Light through the round sky window

Red earth everywhere.  Invite them into the basement? “Welcome to Mother’s earth from Mother's temple!"

Four children, eight small helping hands. A big red earth mountain turning into huge devout hands


First of January: Paramahansa Ramakrishna, a Kalpataru Tree He became

Mythological Tree, invisible, imaginary. All wishes come true. Planted on the devout hands


On the sky window structure, leaves of the imaginary Kalpataru were placed

One day on the basement, leaves were found. Wind? Playful kids? The leaves own will?

”Leave the wishes on the leaves”, let them fall, let the devout hands receive them

Yes, "may your wish come true". “Kalpavriksha”, local name for Kalpataru. One by one people came for wishes


People gathering around the invisible tree. Standing, sitting, kneeling … palms together

Naturally, spontaneously, freely. Amazing!

Emerged the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in India: prayer


But I just realized I got no photos. Too shy to photograph prayers ...

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