Khadi turns canvas

first_imgExploring salt as symbol of non-violence and investigating sarvodaya theory in practice of non-violence, tolerance, peace and harmony through the narratives of swadeshi politics, New Delhi-based artist and poet Shelly Jyoti brings forth a new body of work in a solo show titled Salt: The Great March by re-crafting contemporary quilt-making traditions in Azrakh textiles. These works draw upon the history of India’s colonial past and Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 Dandi March, which began the Salt Satyagraha and became an important part of the Indian Independence movement. According to Gandhi, modern societies could become genuine, moral communities, only if the duty of citizenship was duly adhered to. This forms the basis of Jyoti’s new suite of works, which is in continuation to her previous Indigo: Neel Darpan series. Neel Darpan (1860) is a literary text symbolic of yet another anti-colonial, non-violence movement that took place in 1917-18 as the champaran movement for indigo farmers in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In her new body of works, Jyoti explores the possibilities of establishing alternative societies where Gandhian ideals of ‘swadharma’ and ‘sarvodya’ could be established through their sincere implementation. In a society where patriarchal values threaten the free existence of women, the artist feels that re-introducing Gandhian ideals with critical changes would function as a correctional force.Says the multi-faceted Jyoti, who also has the distinction of curating a show of traditional textiles for ICCR: ‘These works are in response to rape, molestation, problems of our patriarchal and masculinity driven society in 21st century. Such events are daily media news today.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile the twenty-five khadi artworks with quilting technique will be displayed as hanging tapestries, and Jyoti’s self-written poetry on the relevance of Dandi march plays in the background, the showstopper of the exhibition is a large scale installation titled Integrating Khadi which has been made using 30 metres of khadi and printed with Sanskrit calligraphy. WHERE: Indira Gandhi National Centre of ArtsWHEN: 28 September to 20 October, 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more