12 Kalpas from Terrestrial to Celestial and Everywhere In Between


November 11 – December 15

SITE 280 Gallery


Photo documentation by Veronica Rosas Vargas

Contributing Artists

Parinda Mai

Exhibition Statement as Preserved in the SUGS/SITE Archives:

“The 12 Kalpas Tale is the artist’s personal search for the contemporary echoes of the folktale Twelve Sisters, reimagined and translated into multimedia artistic forms that are intended to mirror the issues facing the current globalized epoch while rooting in the long cosmic history. Ultimately the project is an investigation and an attempt to shed light on the questions concerning human place in nature, gender, binary, technology and transcendence. At the core of her practice is the intention to find connections between dualities within these realms.


Kalpas (n.) a Sanskrit word used in Buddhist cosmology to mean a unit measurement of a very, very long time, such as the duration of the universe. “


November 11, 4:00-6:00 PM
280 Gallery 

Drawing and Storytelling Workshop

November 17, 4:45-5:45 PM

Program statement from the SUGs/SITE archive:

“Join SITE Galleries for a Drawing and Storytelling Workshop led by 12 Kalpas from Terrestrial to Celestial and Everywhere in Between artist Parinda Mai. The workshop will begin by viewing the exhibition before moving into a discussion of the folktales each attendee grew up with.

Registration is required for the vent and it’s first come first serve. Only 10 spots are available!”

Exhibition Material

Video documentation and editing by Beatrice Kilkelly-Schmidt and Caroline Kirwan Keowan 


280 Gallery
280 S. Columbus Drive.
Chicago, IL, 60603

Open Hours

Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Sundays: Closed
Holidays: Closed