Workshop

Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows

With Prem Krishnamurthy and Zippora Elders

Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows is a workshop guided by Prem Krishnamurthy, Artistic Director of FRONT 2022 triennial, during which he together with the participants will reflect on art as a therapeutic process and tool for transformation and healing.

Photo: Prem Krishnamurthy

To participate, please send an email to until 25 May 2022.

Prem Krishnamurthy, Artistic Director of FRONT International 2022, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, facilitates a multimodal workshop at the Gropius Bau – a participatory reflection on art and transformation at different scales. This experimental format emerges out of the curatorial process and approach for the triennial. Introducing key readings and references alongside projects by a selection of FRONT 2022 artists, the workshop uses writing, music, movement, and interchange to open up polyvocal ways of working in and on the world. The workshop is held in conversation with Zippora Elders, the Gropius Bau’s chief curator.

FRONT International second iteration is titled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows and takes place across Northeast Ohio from July to October 2022. Inspired by a 1957 poem by Langston Hughes that meditates on the inseparability of joy and suffering, the exhibition embraces art as an agent of transformation, a mode of healing and a therapeutic process. Featuring over 75 artists across 25 sites in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows explores how artmaking can transform and heal us – as individuals, as groups and as a society.

Prem Krishnamurthy is based in Berlin and New York. His work across media explores the transformative potential of art and design by experimenting with presentational strategies, performative modes and ways of communing. He is the Artistic Director of  FRONT International 2022; directs  Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design consultancy, and organises  Commune /kəˈmjuːn/, an emergent workshop that practices artistic tools for social transformation. Previously, Prem founded the design studio Project Projects (2004–2017) and the exhibition space P! (2012–2017) in New York. He received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communications Design in 2015 and KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s A Year With… residency fellowship in 2018. His professional papers were acquired by Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies in 2019. In 2021, Pompeii Archaeological Park released his digital artwork, Pompeii!, which reflects upon rituals, destruction, memory and letting go.