Press Release

INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ART PRESENTS

OCTOBER6-21, 2018

TWIN ART GALLERIES, IGNCA, JANPATH ROAD, NEW DELHI

‘REVISITING GANDHI: THE ART OF SHELLY JYOTI 2009-2018
SWARAJ, KHADI, SALT, INDIGO: SYMBOLS OF NATION AND IDENTITY IN TEXTILE ART

The opportunity of this exhibition, Revisiting Gandhi, comes at an important juncture in Shelly Jyoti’s life and creative journey – offering her reason to reflect on over a decade of intense introspection on the life and work of Gandhi.  Realizing that what Gandhi inspired and put into action, self-transformation, with the ultimate goal of the total transformation of society, is an ongoing and ever-present process,  Jyoti draws on intellectual, historical, spiritual and artistic ideas and traditions that although rooted in the past, still flourish, ferment and bear fruit today. Through exquisite textile works created between 2009 and 2018,  Jyoti has found material form for key themes in Gandhian thought entwined with Indian history and identity – Swaraj, Khadi, Salt and Indigo.  By translating her concepts and designs through India’s unique craft techniques and traditions, her collaborative spirit and creative processes pays tribute to both Gandhi and her country.

These works have been exhibited and lectured across the continent including Chicago Cultural Centre, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Washington Dc in USA and New Delhi, Baroda, Mumbai. National Archives of India and National Gallery of Modern Art, in India REVISITING GANDHI The Art of Shelly Jyoti (2009-18) be on view from October 2nd21, 2018 at Twin Art Galleries, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi

The accompanying catalogue will have essays by Prof Lisa Trivedi with 100 Illustrated plates. Dr Lisa Trivedi, a cultural and social historian of modern South Asia, and an author of ‘Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India’ (Indiana, 2007)