Angelina Kumar is an artist and social entrepreneur from India who is based in the Netherlands. In her practice, she is particularly interested in the commons, sustainable and ecological issues, and how these interrelate, intersect and practically take shape when applied to specific local contexts. By conducting local research, forging collaborations with like-minded partners and using arts and culture to create experimental sustainable platforms, she aims to establish more healthy and balanced ecosystems.
During her studies at the HKU, University of the Arts Utrecht, Kumar founded LDD – Lucrative Dumpster Dives: a social foundation with a vision to enact circularity and sustainability both within and through arts and culture. Kumar regularly organizes art educational programs on sustainability, which include seminars and workshops for art, design and media students in Utrecht; gives motivational talks on social entrepreneurship for local companies; and curates artist-in-residency programs and cultural art projects in the Netherlands.
Recent and current projects include The Creative Playground (2020–ongoing), a socially engaged sustainable artistic hub that Kumar conceptually co-designed and co-organised with Perron West at Westplein in Utrecht. An artist in residence at De Voorkamer in Utrecht and participant in the Re |Nature Festival in Den Bosch Netherlands 2021.
My curiosity for sustainability, in its myriad of forms, stems from the friction and conflicting positions that arise between personal, social and institutional confinements and structures. In my work I use narratives and experiences to explore past, present and future manifestations of what sustainability can, could or should represent.
An acute attention to find balanced between playful and theoretical approaches is relevant for my practice. The desire is to give place for unexpected elements to arise and transpire by exploring transdisciplinary and interactive artistic forms. Thereby, curating a responsive environment for experimentation, dialogs and reflection.
A prevalent component in the method of individual and collaborative enactments of known and explored theories or concepts of circularity and sustainability. Is the act of bringing them to life in new scenarios formulates a platform to test, research and reflect on how they translate and evolve with the realities of everyday life. Therefore, an unfolding of an ideology, it’s pitfalls or potential possibilities can be realised and learned from through tactile testing grounds. One such testing ground is the foundation LDD which I started in 2017. It began with the desire to transform the creative industry into a circular and sustainable one, by walking the walk, it has evidently split over into a variety of social and dynamic settings. Depth and potential futures continue too unfold with each evaluation, reflection and intervention.
In this podcast episode of Lombok Talks, Bart Snijders talks to Angelina Kumar from about sustainability and art. What exactly is sustainability? And how can sustainability also be a lifestyle. She also talks about The Creative Playground, a new artist project space at the Westplein 1001 Utrecht.
Sept. 2019 – June 2021 MA of Fine Art HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Netherlands
Sept. 2016 – June 2019 BA of Fine Art HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Netherlands
Sept. 2017 – Jan 2017 HKU University of the Arts / Art and Economics, Business Modelling Course Utrecht HKU
June. 2012 Cambridge International A & AS Levels Asia Pacific World School / Bangalore
Nov. 2019 Management scholarship for developing various activities related to sustainability at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
DIRECTORSHIP & INITIATIVES
May 2022 – To date Little Artistic Engineers Academy, a collaborative project together with engineer Mustafa ŞİMŞEKLER, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Jan 2022 – To date Conceptual art director for the Waste Bar project Utrecht, NL.
Sept 2020 – To date Conceptual designer, curator and organiser of The Creative Playground. A socially engaged art space that hosts art residency programs, in collaboration with Perron West, Utrecht, Netherlands. http://thecreativeplayground.eu/
2017 – To date Founder of LDD – Lucrative Dumpster Dives. A foundation that transforms the art and cultural sector into a sustainable circular economy Utrecht, Netherlands https://lucrativedumpsterdives.nl/
Oct. 2021 Re|Nature Festival, showing Mango and Me film, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
June – July 2021 The Time That Keeps Growing Quietly In Our Absence, MA graduation exhibition, The Creative Playground, Moira, Casco Art Institution, Academy Gallery, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Sept. 2020 Belofte Jubilee a collaboration with artist Joyce Overheul at Kunstliefde, Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct. 2019 Het Klimaatmusem Pop-Up at the Centraal Station, Utrecht, Netherlands
Jan. 2018 Tickin’ Dinner an independent exhibition co-organised with Lisette van Hoogenhuyze, Iriée Zamblé, Sarah Reinbold and Robin Valster, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Sept 2020 – To Date Art Residency Programs at The Creative Playground, Utrecht, Netherlands.
April. 2019 Experimental a 2-week exhibition. Conceptual curator and organiser at Tube, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb – March 2010 Art Cuttney – Art Bengaluru Festival, Curator and participant, Bengaluru, India.
Nov. 2009 Sayyam Exhibition, Participant and co-organiser with Asaph Maurer and curator Sanjay Sethia with Gallery 5, New Delhi, India
Sept – Dec. 2021 At De VoorKamer Utrecht, Netherlands
SELECTED TEACHING, WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
Feb 2021 – To date Sustainable design and art: Workshops, seminars and lab courses for design, theatre, art education, fine art, cross over creativity batcher students and special design masters students at HKU Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Netherlands.
Sept. 2020 Sowing Sustainable Prospects: Explore the Landscape of Leidsche Rijn and Imagine the Future Workshop. As a co-conceptual designer in collaborations with Artists Merel Zwarts from the Traveling Farm Museum and Postdoctoral Researcher Corelia Baibarac-Duignan from Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.
April. 2020 Eco Artistic Storytelling 1-week seminar for design students. As a conceptual designer and organiser at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct – Nov 2019 Revenge of the Stuff a 2-week seminar on sustainability for EMT students. As a co-designed and organised in collaboration with Mina Stojanovic, at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
June – Aug 2019 Summer workshops for children. Co-designed with students from the art and education and fine art department HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands for the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.
April. 2019 Experimental Drawing with reusable materials from the LDD store for fine art students. As a conceptual designer and organiser at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
Jan. 2019 New ways to swap and exchange materials as a forward-thinking artist, for fine art students. As a conceptual designer and organiser at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
Sept – Dec 2018 4 Elements for first year fine art students on the use of reusable materials and sustainability within the arts. As a conceptual designer and organiser at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
Sept. 2018 World Clean-up day workshop, as a conceptual designer, Utrecht, Netherlands.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
April 2022 – To Date Producer for “Water is what we make it’ residency from Gemene Grond Utrecht, Netherlands https://gemenegrond.nl/
Sep – Oct 2021. Co-Producer Re|Nature Festival, ‘s – Hertogenbsoch, Netherlands
Sep 2021 – June 2021 OC board member Fine Art Department HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
March. 2019 Cross-sections exhibition. As a artist assistant at Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, Netherlands
July – Aug 2017 Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems
International business communication and coordination with artists and curators, Internship at Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
June. 2017 Once We Were Artists symposium. As an assistant volunteer. Organised by BAK Bsis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
2016 – 2010 Commercial and private, indoor and outdoor, installations, sculptures and paintings in Goa, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangaluru, India
2017 – 2009 Numerous paintings in New Delhi, Bangaluru, Kolkata and Mumbai, India
Many of my projects are a collective effort therefore we have had financial support by different funds as the Mondriaan Fund, Stichting Stokroos, KF Hein fonds, Initiatieven Fonds, Utrecht 900 Gemeente Utrecht, Stichting Art Utrecht/Art Route and Machinerie .