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Pondiwalk – ceramics and photography by Tammy Marinuzzi. Pondiwalk is an ongoing project to raise consciousness about the life of young girls of India’s pottery caste, specifically in the small village of Thuvaradimanai.
The Visual & Performing Arts Division of Gulf Coast State College presents Pondiwalk – ceramics and photography by Tammy Marinuzzi. Pondiwalk is an ongoing project to raise consciousness about the life of young girls of India’s pottery caste, specifically in the small village of Thuvaradimanai. It was inspired by Tammy’s trip to India ten years ago were she was a visiting artist and instructor at Goldenbridge Pottery in Pondicherry, located in the Tamil Nadu in Southern India.
During her stay she had a chance to visit the village of Thuvaradimanai where select, devout craftsmen are granted the authority to make life sized terra cotta horses intended to transport the god Ayannar’s spirit soldiers in the night as they watch over the villages and fields. Once commissioned to create several horses per year, along with storage jars for rice, water, or spices the village potter of India has been faced with redefining their purpose as the need for their product has slowly dwindled over the decades due to cultural changes and transition to new materials like cement and plastics. While some craftsmen from Thuvaradimanai have been successful in carving out a niche market, turning ceremonial objects into objet d’art for exhibition throughout India and Europe, many have not and face the difficult choice of leaving the traditions of the past behind in search of jobs in urban centers.
The Pondiwalk project is Tammy’s response to these new realities. She has pledged to walk the distance between her home in Panama City, Florida and Pondicherry, India, some 9,514 miles. So far, she has walked about4,000 miles and, in that time, in those footsteps, she has determined the first step toward stewardship, is to go back to the village and build bridges with the members of that community. Her vision is not one set on preserving the traditional societal structures, rather she has asked herself questions about the trickle-down effect when a community has to redefine not only their revenue streams, but also their purpose. Specifically, she is concerned about what happens to the young girls, who run the hazard of becoming the least of the least in these scenarios.
The exhibit will run from January 26 to February 9, with an opening reception on the evening of January 26 , 5:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tammy Marinuzzi will also present a lecture on the Pondiwalk Project on January 26, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., AC128.
The work will be on display in the Amelia Center Gallery (AC 112). Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Pavel Amromin at firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-872-3886.
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