Press Release


Press Release

 Shelly Jyoti

 Bound by Duty: An  idea of swaraj and collectiveness’

September 14 –27, 2019

India International Centre | New Delhi

Opening reception: Saturday, September 14, 5.30 – 8 PM

Bound by Duty: An idea of swaraj and collectiveness’ 2018-19 is a textile art exhibition inspired by Gandhi’s seminal anti-imperialist text Hind Swaraj (1909). The artist examines the elements of Gandhi’s critique of modern civilization, noting his emphasis on an evolved ethical and spiritual self for creating an alternative perspective of a better world. Her inspiration is those micro-organisms schools of fish, who when in trillions collaborate together undersea, displacing water to create ocean currents and waves, examining the idea of ‘collective impact’ or ‘collectiveness’ in societies that are evolved ethically and spiritually, to bring social changes for better alternate societies.

These works are in continuation of Shelly Jyoti’s previous works on a title,’ Indigo Narratives’2009-18); Salt: The Great March (2013-18); The Khadi March: Just Five Meters (2016-18). The exhibits include textile site-specific installations, 35 Ajrakh artworks on khadi, a short film on making of these works. This exhibition was previewed in 2018

Bound by Duty: An Idea of Swaraj and Collectiveness 2018-19 was previewed by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts IGNCA, New Delhi in 2018. It re-opens in 2019 to exhibit at India International centre IIC and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai with new works and installations.

The accompanying catalogue will have an essay by Prof Lisa Trivedi
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)