Meet Dhanashree Gadiyar
May 5, 2015
Meet our 2015 Fellows!
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
Tanya Bruguera’s work inspires me a lot. I find her approach towards the immigration project very powerful. She merges art, activism and social change by giving an opportunity to people to participate and bring in their voices. Another artist that I admire deeply is Krzysztof Wodiczko, especially his ‘Xenology and identity’ and ‘homeless projections’. I have also admired David Jiranek’s project with the kids that were affected by the Rwandan Genocide. Not only is Rwanda seen through the eyes of the children, but he has created opportunities for them.
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
I love Harlem. The creative spirit that I have found in this place for the past two years has been amazing. The artistic community at City College has been very encouraging and dynamic. Along with this, my work at AHRC, an organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been very satisfying. I work as the art specialist of the organization and the main goal is to blend them into the larger community. I have had the opportunity to interact with people from the community due to the workshops that I have conducted at Marcus Garvey Park and the Dream Center.
What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?
Frank Sinatra’s “New York” is the song that I always relate to my love for New York.