Vidha Saumya & Ali Akbar Mehta:
Ballad of the Lost Utopian Meadow
Production supported by CAA
The Lost Utopian Meadow project extends the metaphorical implications of what a meadow means to Finland within the contexts of ecological conservation, cultural significance, and as a site of contemporary co-existence.
The project was conceived by Ali Akbar Mehta and Vidha Saumya after an invitation to participate in the exhibition Meadow, organised by ONOMA and curated by Taru Elfving in Fiskars June-August 2020. The first work of this project is Ballad of the Lost Utopian Meadow, realised as a collaborative work between Ali Akbar Mehta and Vidha Saumya, varialambo (vocals and piano), Palash Mukhopadhyay (website design), Kim Modig (sound arrangement), Albert Ihanus (audio engineer), Tuike and Simo Alitalo (sound artists).
The Ballad can be listened to and its myriad references explored in the glossary on the project website.
The work was produced with the support of CAA as part of the Spectres in Change project, funded by Kone Foundation.