EXHIBITION "The Khadi March: Just Five Meters" textile-based art installations by Shelly Jyoti at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 20th to 26th October 2016 - Delhi Events
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EXHIBITION "The Khadi March: Just Five Meters" textile-based art installations by Shelly Jyoti at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 20th to 26th October 2016

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Textile-based art installations by Shelly Jyoti 
Time : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm  Add to Calendar 20/10/2016 10:00 26/10/2016 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION "The Khadi March: Just Five Meters" textile-based art installations by Shelly Jyoti Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2016/10/exhibition-khadi-march-just-five-meters.html Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View

Entry : Free


Venue : Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

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Event Description : 
EXHIBITION : Shelly Jyoti revisits Gandhian philosophies through multi-media artworks using khadi textile, ajrakh printing and kantha embroidery to talk about swadeshi, swadharma and swaraj.

The life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi has inspired many creative visionaries in popular culture through the years, but if someone has made really made his ideals the very essence of their art practice, it has to be Delhi-based visual artist Shelly Jyoti. Known for her textile-based art installations that have focused on the Gandhian ideals of swardharma, swadeshi and swaraj time and again in both national and international shows, Jyoti is now bringing to the Capital a solo show titled The Khadi March: Just Five Meters

In the current show, Jyoti uses khadi both as a symbol and as a material that expresses qualities of self-purification, self-reliance and independence. The exhibition is designed to be really a study for those who want to understand what the khadi movement stands for, and what it has been able to do. In The Khadi March: Just Five Meters, Jyoti considers how contemporary society might engage in swadharma towards the nation in order to create a better society. She considers Gandhi’s proposition that simply by buying five yards of khadi, India’s thirty crore urban population can transform the lives of rural spinners, weavers, and traditional artisans by enriching their livelihood.

With an educational background in literature and fashion design, Jyoti’s passion for Gandhi’s philosophy of khadi and non-violence has found artistic form through her collaborations with Ajrakh artisans from Kutch in northwest India and with West Bengal’s women artisans specializing in Kantha embroidery. “The current exhibition is a call to action that challenges people who live in urban cities to grant dignity to the rural brethren and to rethink our engagement with the spinners, weavers and people who work with handicrafts in the villages.”

To create these artworks, Jyoti has worked extensively with 10th generation Ajrakh textile artisans based in Bhuj, Gujarat. Utilising printing blocks that are two to three hundred years old, Jyoti’s individual pieces draw attention to a shared history whose preservation is currently threatened by the forces of globalization. “While working with those who have inherited and are passing on our textile traditions, I have been able to consider the critical relationship between the materials and traditional processes used in Ajrakh production, the role of artisan as a maker and role of artist as a visualizer. The khadi artworks have been made using the fiber and natural dyes of Ajrakh traditions.”

She also uses the traditional running stitch from West Bengal called kantha in her textile artworks to explore the creative space of women of Bengal who have migrated to Delhi and NCR in last one decade. “I engage these women to give them small jobs and explore their inherent talent. Running stitch has also a decorative and aesthetic appeal.”

The featured works include several khadi site-specific installations, 20 Ajrakh textile artworks, a multi-media spoken poetry art and a documentary of Ajrakh textile process.  Using khadi as the ground for processes of traditional dyeing and embroidery like Ajrakh, Jyoti’s images employ symbolic forms with sumptuously decorated surfaces to illuminate aspects of India’s long and complex history.

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EXHIBITION "The Khadi March: Just Five Meters" textile-based art installations by Shelly Jyoti at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 20th to 26th October 2016 EXHIBITION "The Khadi March: Just Five Meters" textile-based art installations by Shelly Jyoti at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 20th to 26th October 2016 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Rating: 5

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