Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OPEN CALL for the collaborative project scheduled in Feb/March 2010



Since it’s inception in 2003 1shanthiroad has grown to house artists from diverse countries in its residency programmes. It believes in fostering interactions between artists, curators, scholars, writers and young students in the local and global context. We collaborate, share and have interactions with the local artist community.

The residency programmes provides an opportunity to interact, experiment and work with local materials to extend one’s visual language. Bangalore offers diverse inspirations as a cosmopolitan and is an eclectic city. The artists of the city have straddled diverse genres and are part of the divergent contemporary landscape. The challenges of the residency programme will encourage artists to move beyond the comfort of their studio spaces and work in new circumstances.

Khoj International artist association (New Delhi) has been partnering with us in a special programme that focuses on collaboration between South Asian artists. This has been generously supported by the Navajbhai Ratan Tata Trust. The intent of collaboration with artist creates a network with likeminded partners.

The most significant focus of this project is to network with South Asian partners –

VASL - Pakistan

THEERTHA - Srilanka

BRITTO - Bangladesh

SUTRA – Nepal


The rationale behind this program is to facilitate an opportunity for artist to live and work together, encourage inter personal contact, build trust and lasting friendships with the artist community.

So far it has been very encouraging to network with these groups and learn from their experience. This also strengthens the core agenda of KHOJ and 1Shanthiroad in Bangalore and southern India for creative collaborations and conversations.

Please email your application to with the following.

• C.V.
• 5 images with title and details in Jpeg format (each image max size of 1mb)

Deadline Feb 5th

NOTE: This call is for Artists from Karnataka.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Girl becomes tree becomes girl

Girl becomes tree becomes girl
-A Kannada Folk tale collected and translated by A.K.Ramanujan.

Interpreted by Usha and Vanitha
This is a women’s tale but voices universal concern about concern for environment, and plea to be gentle to all that is fragile. One could say many things about this story. For instance one of its themes resonates with our present concerns with ecology. The girl becomes a tree and begs to treat her gently, not to pluck anything more than the flowers.
Once upon a time there was a girl who lived with her older sister and a poor mother. She told her sister that she could become a flowering tree and the sister could gently pluck the flowers and sell them and make a living. There was a condition that she should be gentle and pour a vessel of water on her, she would become a flowering tree. And after she flowers the older sister had to gently collect the flowers and pour another vessel of water on her to become a young girl.
The flowers were collected and stringed and sold, soon the prince at palace heard about Cheluvi and wanted to marry her. The marriage happened and the prince wanted her to become a flowering tree every night. She obliged and asked him to follow all the conditions. His wicked sister got the fragrance of the flowers and forced her to come to the garden with her friends and demonstrate the magic of becoming a flowering free. Cheluvi reluctantly obliged.
Unfortunately they were not gentle with her and ripped at the fragrant flowers. They also forget to pour the vessels of water. There was gusty wind and all of them abandoned Cheluvi and disappeared. She was caught between becoming a tree and being women. The prince looked for her and could not find her and kept wandering the world looking for her.
After many days someone found the fragmented trees and the cries of Cheluvi. They put her together and found her older sister. The older sister treated her and poured water gently on her and reconstructed her. Soon they found the wandering prince who was bearded and dejected in life. They united the couple together and the evil sister was punished. Cheluvi and the prince lived happy ever after.

The recurrent unit of the story is girl becoming tree becoming girl .this is also the whole story; the recurrent unit encapsulates the career of this woman in the story. What are the differences between a woman and a tree? A woman can speak, can move, can be an again in her own behalf, in ways a tree cannot. Yet, symbolically speaking, the tree isolates and gives form to her capacity to put forth flower and fragrance from within, a gift in which she could glory, as well the vulnerability that goes with it. It expresses a young woman’s desire to flower sexually and otherwise, as well as the dread of being ravaged that the very gift brings with it. In telling such a tale, older women could be reliving these early, complex, and ambivalent feelings towards their own bodies – and projecting them for younger female listeners. If boys are part of the audience, as they often are, the male could imaginatively participate in them which might change their sensitiveness towards women.

This project is supported by BOSCH Engineering Solutions, Bangalore Habba and Carlsberg

1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery

Tooth Tales

This is a collaboration with local and traditional toy makers with a contemporary artist. To create an opportunity to look at the craft of toy making as a language in the contemporary context.

The fear of tooth decay and the associated imagery of animated caricatures of creatures that infest tooth, are part of childhood memory, and contemporary advertisement are part of the artist’s imagination.

Prantik Chattopadhyay (an artist based in Baroda) has worked with local craftsmen from Channapatna- Nanda Kumar M.N and his son Madhu Arya M.N to create an insect or composite creature that is part of the myth of worms that drills tooth. The obvious connection with food and desire is an everyday challenge as we negotiate life. The artist’s imagination creates a toy that seduces the viewer to indulge in food and warn us about the dangers of excess.


City at Seige

"City at Seige"

Public art project by Madhu.D
Dec 2009
Supported by City Spinning + VAC/1Shanthi road.

Madhu.D was away from Bangalore for six months and when he returned he couldn’t recognize his city. The accelerated change and erasures are inevitable here, the city seems like a construction site, a battle ground of change and resistance, loss and hope.
The unplanned chaos is unnerving; the change in landscape has left us with only real estate as a promise for the future. This is visual response to the absurdity of a city that is at siege, the moaning of loss and the mocking of a city that seems to be waking up late and has been caught napping.
This event is one of the many to focus on Bangalore, organized to look at urban issues and to ask questions.

- Prayas Abhinav+ Suresh Jayaram
City Spinning+VAC/1Shanthi road.

We are honored to have received the Robert Bosch Institutional Grant in 2009 for the support of local art initiatives.

The first awardee was Bhavani.G.S.

Journey With River Cauvery

The Robert Bosch Institutional grant supports 1shanthi road studio to help young artists with their art practice in an effort to nurture local talent. It has been awarded to Bhavani.G.S for her video-“Journey with the river Cauvery”, this small video negotiates the landscape of the river, and it flows through the sacred and secular, private and public domains. The rivers in India are named after women and always refer to mythical origins, the use and control of river waters have been part of the dominant social and political discourses with sharing of waters for irrigation, building dams and harnessing hydro electricity. The visual narrative is a personal journey to locate the urban self and to question the faith that is passed on to her about the purity of water and its mythical and sacred associations heard from oral narratives.

Bhavani explores her relation with the most contested resource of water of river Cauvery and uses her body to navigate through the river till it forcefully reaches the metropolis of Bangalore. The images travel through traditional spaces of worship, contamination, rituals of bathing, washing and other communal activity. This poetic journey through the landscape has references to her earlier site- specific installations and interventions in landscapes using organic materials. This opportunity has opened new possibilities for the future and like the river will endure and nurture the artist.
Suresh Jayaram

"The Residency in 1shanthiroad Gallery/Studio was my first artist Residency. The residency was agreat exposure to me.It helped me work more confidently with new media. The library was very useful – spent lot of time reading.I was able to discuss my work with Suresh Jayram and take his guidance. The opportunity I got from this residency is I got to meet lot of people. I was able to spend more time with the residents here especially Janet, and Jennifer, from Australia with whom I shared my works and got good feed back. Marcus –video artist who visited them also gave me a good feed back." - Bhavani G.S.