Saturday, December 20, 2014

Paper presentation at XVII International Conference,Goa

XVII International Conference, Goa 21-24 December 2014 Venue: International Centre, Goa  
By Shelly JyotiDelhi based Artist, Poet and an Independent curator ig_008 copy
Abstract :My paper is an attempt to theorize my own artwork ‘Salt: The Great March 2013-14’ series I& II- A visual Art project. The Salt March series explore salt as a symbol of non-violence. The project is inspired by the Gandhi’s theory of satyagrah- a challenge to ones own truth with stress on self-purification, self-examination and self-assessment. Satyagrah stimulates our conscience and soul searching for the upliftment of all (sarvodaya). The “Salt” series explore khadi as a contemporary social movement visualized through art and traditional craft traditions and processes, seeking out the possibilities of bringing the khadi spirit into our daily lives. If by spinning, weaving and wearing khadi, can the commitment to individual action bring about a sense of pride in our nation in the 21st century? Can such an action bring about nationalistic feeling and significant changes in our society? The “Salt” series is a continuation of my earlier series, ‘Indigo Narratives (2008-14) that were inspired by an anti-colonial, nonviolence movement that took place in 1917-18 and also Gandhi’s first non-violence protest ‘champaran’ movement for indigo farmers in India. The works feature site-specific khadi fabric installations including clothing, 40 artworks utilizing Ajarkh textile traditions on khadi fabric and spoken poetry video film. To draw from ‘Parapolitics: Toward the City of Man’, can modern societies become genuine moral communities? According to Gandhi, they can. Gandhi’s vision of a Sarvodayan society is embryonic, but nonetheless engaging and stimulating explaining swadharma for individuals defining traditions and duty clearly. These works have been exhibited at IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts) New Delhi (Sept-Oct 2013):India International Centre, New Delhi (September 2014): The Museum Dakshin Chitra, Chennai (Oct -Nov2014) Lectures of the above at IGNCA New Delhi , Lalit kala Academy , Chennai, Apparao Galleries Chennai, New Delhi  2013-14 Scheduled venues: Baroda (2015): Gandhi memorial Centre Washington Dc 2015.

Friday, October 31, 2014

THE HINDU ,CHENNAI 30.10.2014 -'Khadi is her Canvas ' Reviewed SALT: THE GREAT MARCH by SHELLY JYOTI

THE HINDU ,CHENNAI 30.10.2014 
-'Khadi is her Canvas ' Reviewed by Pushpa Chari
Salt: The Great March-
Re-Contextauling Ajrakh textile traditions on khadi in contemporary art and craft by shelly jyoti 
Works on view at Dakshin Chitra Museum, Chennai -
Until November 2, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

‘Invoking History and Celebrating the Subaltern’ by Shelly Jyoti -Invited lectures organised by Apparao galleries at Chennai &Gurgaon

 Sharan Apparao is one of the leading contemporary gallerists in India-
                                  Owner and founder of Apparao galleries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Varsha Das reviews recent works by Shelly Jyoti titled Salt: The Great March in Jansatta hindi e-Newspaper

Varsha Das reviews recent works by Shelly Jyoti titled Salt: The Great March- Ajrakh textile traditions in contemporary art and craft' exhibited in India International centre, New Delhi

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

BUSINESS STANDARD Newspaper informs about my upcoming solo show SALT: THE GREAT MARCH, August 31, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A proud Indian- Happy Independence Day to my friends and loved ones


Re-Contextualizing Ajrakh Textile Traditions on khadi in Contemporary Art and Craft
(Textile installations, Art works, Clothing and Spoken poetry Video art)
 By Shelly Jyoti

 4-15 September 2014
11 am – 7 pm daily

India International Centre
The Art Gallery, Kamala Devi Complex
Gate no: 1, 40 Max Muller Marg
New Delhi 110003 India

Preview and inauguration:
Wednesday 3rd September 6.30pm

Chief Guest: Mrs. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharya
(Grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi
Chairperson, Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Re-Contextualizing Ajrakh Textile Traditions on khadi in Contemporary Art and Craft

(Installations, Art works, Clothing and Spoken poetry Video art)
By Shelly Jyoti

Preview and inauguration: Wednesday 3rd September 6.30pm

Chief guest: Mrs. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharya
(Grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi Chairperson, Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust)

Image details: Installation shot  at IGNCA  (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts )New Delhi sept 2013

4-15 September2014
11 am – 7 pm daily
India International Centre, The Art gallery
Kamala Devi Complex, Gate no: 1, 40 Max Muller Marg, New Delhi 110003 India
Preview: Wednesday, 3
rd September, 6.30pm onwards

Gallery walk by the Artist, Curator and Poet: Saturdays, 6th, 13th September, 2014, 4.00pm

2 October –November 2, 2014

The Museum DakshinaChitra
East Coast Road, Muttukadu
Chengalpet District, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603 118 India, and P: 91.44.27472603

Lecture Presentation: Salt- A Colonial Metaphor: Relevance today by shelly jyoti

National Lalit kala Academy, Chennai, October 3, 2014, 4.00pm (In collaboration with Dakshin Chitra Museum Chennai) 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Conference papers at ATWS International conference at Chennai and Forum for Contempoaray Theory Mysore December 2013

Shelly Jyoti   Newsletter
 November 16, 2013
November 16 until January 2014
These  exhibits will be presented by Gandhi Memorial Centre in co-operation with Embassy of india with support of indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR)

INDIGO project is a  two women show in collabration chicago based artist laura kina who presents INDIGO: Deveon Avenue series.The works were previewed in vadoadra,Gujarat (2009), exhibited in New Delhi (2010) , Mumbai (2010)and travelled across the continent to Seattle (2011), Miami (2011), Chicago(2013) and now re opening in  Washington DC (2013-14)

Indigo Narratives : An Ode to Neel Darpan  2009-13

These works are inspired by the play Neel Darpan (1860) written by Deen Bandhu Mitra on the plight of indigo farmers. The indigo revolt 1858 of Neel bidraho in Bengal was a mass movement in the history of Bengal. The play portrayed exploitation by the brutal planters in early 19th century. Later, in 1914, the region of chamaparan in northern India revolted against similar conditions of indigo cultivation. Mahatma Gandhi intervened and non-violently fought for the indigo farmers. Inspiring action, the champaran movement became known as Gandhi’s first non- violent movement in India’s freedom struggle in 1917-18.
The tapestry is a tribute to the indigo farmers of the Champarn region, a site specific installation which offers 25 different contemporary indigo prints that map the story of the tragic riots of Champaran and reference the sorrowful tale within each circle. There are 300 discs in this particular installation. Each one tethered and stitched in time, suggesting the hundreds of years of subjugation.
The visual crescendo of indigo block prints using the traditional method of resist dyeing hopes to strengthen awareness and promote dialogue of past and present day’s plight of farmers.

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