Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Indigo by Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti

Opening First Thursday January 6, 2011
ArtXchange Gallery presents Indigo, a traveling exhibition previously exhibited in major cities throughout India and now crossing to the US, January 6 through February 26, 2011. The exhibition presents complementary bodies of artwork by Indian artist Shelly Jyoti and US artist Laura Kina in a range of media including hand-embroidery on khadi fabric, Sanskrit calligraphy and mixed-media on canvas. The narrative threads running throughout the artists’ work evoke India’s colonial history, stories of immigration, and the tensions and transformations of cultures evolving in a globalized world.

Shelly Jyoti’s Indigo Narratives use indigo dyes, traditional heritage symbols, Sanskrit calligraphy, and tribal embroidery. Her work uses textile techniques and icons specific to different cultural groups throughout India’s history, exploring how preservation or flux of craft traditions can illustrate historical migrations, conflicts, and politics of power and control. Jyoti also uses symbols referencing the life of Mahatma Gandhi and literary texts such as Neel Darpan, a revolutionary play essential to the Indigo Revolt, an uprising of indigo farmers that arose in Bengal in 1859. Jyoti is a visual artist, fashion designer, poet, researcher and independent curator based in Vadodara, India.

Laura Kina’s Devon Avenue Sampler series focuses on imagery from the immigrant neighborhood in which she lives. Devon Avenue is a Chicago South Asian/Jewish corridor which boasts two honorary street titles - Gandhi Marg and Golda Meir Blvd. Her samplings of Devon Ave.’s poly-cultural street signs are created using indigo dye, khadi fabric, a generous dose of Gujarat-style mirrored bling and Jewish tzitzit inspired tassels. Kina is an Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design, Vincent de Paul Professor, at DePaul University. Her Devon Avenue Sampler series is funded in part by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and a University Research Council Grant from DePaul University.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


'Growing Canvas of Indian Art'
'The Economic Times on Sunday' dated June 13, 2010

An article titled 'Crossover Dreams on Indian Canvas' dated June 13, 2010,

Friday, May 28, 2010

Shelly jyoti @ Spirit of India: Past & Present
Stitches Textiles & Decorative
June 4th - July 31st, 2010
Anne Lloyd Gallery
125 N. Water Street
Decatur, IL 62523
Lecture & workshop : Friday, July 9, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The exhibit of this show will include works from Decorative series(Beyond Mithila), An allusion to Azrak and Allusion to Stitches(Indigo Narratives)


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring-summer 2010 Exhibitions

13th International Open
Woman Made Gallery
March 5-April 22
Milwakee chicago IL
To see a preview of the show, visit this link:

March 15-March 31
Emami Chisel
687 Anandapur E.M. Bypass
Calcutta 700107

Art Fusion
April 30- May 9
Nehru Center Worli Mumbai

Curatorial Digital Project
20x12@natures fury
An exhibition of digital prints
May 20 may26
Jehangir Art Gallery

Saturday, February 20, 2010

FIRST CITY MARCH ISSUE 2010 'Artists and their Art'

Pictures and report on a lecture laura kina and I delivered at the Forum on Contemporary Theory and General Semantics 12/31/09.

Link to Home Page

As part of the Occasional Lecture Series of the Forum on Contemporary Theory, we organized talks by Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti on the topics “Diaspora on Devon Ave: Stitching South Asian/Jewish Intersections” and “The Politics of Indigo: Revisiting India’s Torrid Colonial Past” respectively. ...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Press and pictures from Indigo show in Mumbai

Business Standard Weekend Edition ,page5,A COMMON THREAD BY GARGI GUPTA'16January 2010
DNA,Mumbai ,page10,ART OF THE WEEK 'colours of history'january 16,2010"-works that will appeal to your visual senses

Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina
Nehru Art Centre 12-18 January, 2010
On view: 12-18 January Time 11:00am-7:00pm
Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli, Mumbai, 400018 India
Tel : 022 24964676-80

12, 2010 Inauguration by Mrs. Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament.
Mrs. Supriya Sule and artist Shelly Jyoti

Below is the press that has come out so far for the Indigo show in Mumbai.
"Snapped." DNA After Hrs. 14 January, 2010: 6.

Doshi, Riddhi. "A Creative Struggle." DNA After Hrs, Mumbai. 13, January 2010.

HT Cafe 13 January, 2010. 23.
Divya Bhaskar 11 January, 2010. 2
"Indigo Blues." Deccan Herald. 3 January 2010: 4

Online Buzz:



Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reached Mumbai today afternoon getting ready to install one more time"Indigo : New works by Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina"
You are cordially invited
Opening : Tuesday,12 January 2010, 5.30pm
Inauguration by Mrs Supriya Sule Member Parliament
On view:12-18 January 2010 Time 11-7.00pm
Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli,Mumbai – 400018 India
Tel : 022 2496 4676 - 80