University of Iowa alum Aaron Sinift, creator of 5 Year Plan in collaboration with Gandhi Ashram spinning and weaving collectives in India and 26 artists from 7 countries, will be speaking at the UI Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.
5 Year Plan is a collection of artworks by contemporary artists printed on hand–spun khadi cloth. The project represents artwork as social architecture, bringing together artists, scholars, poets, rural villagers, and Gandhian activists, and uniting the efforts of hundreds of people with different ideas of art, economics, technology, and sustainable modes of production.
Aaron Sinift studied painting, printmaking, and South Asian studies at the UI and received an MFA in painting at Boston University. He has visited India seven times in the last 20 years and currently works at the Smithsonian Institution and American University.