Friday, June 24, 2011


OPEN CALL for SETHUSAMUDRAM project - Exchange residency scheduled in Aug 2011



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 Sethusamudram Project is a 3 year collaborative art project that Theertha International Artists Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka and 1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery, Bangalore, India have developed collectively envisioning to engage with and address this highly complex and variegated history and emotions surrounding the concept of Sethusamudram. This includes the foreground, links, similarities, and shared anxieties, emotions and histories between the two geographical areas. The overall research area will cover a wide area of study that include society, politics, history, religion, mythology as relevant to Sri Lanka and India. The Sethusamudram Project would like to engage in the wider discussion of history navigating through the contemporary dynamics of art (involvement with, and discussion on ideological and methodological innovations of visual arts) within the region.This project will unfold a collaborative and dialog making platform where Theertha and 1.Shanthi Road will respond to each other. All the programs will be reciprocal and will be a continuation and progression from one to the other.

The residency programmes provides an opportunity to interact, experiment and work with local artist at Theertha and the art community in Srilanka.


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 Theertha artists and learn from their experience. This also strengthens the core agenda of 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)
  • Artist Statement
  • Brief project proposal
  • Airfare, accomodation and stipend for one month will be provided

Deadline: July 15th

Email applications to :

* NOTE: This call is for Artists based in Karnataka.


* Sethusamudram project is funded by Arts Collaboratory.

RELOOK Lecture: The Significant Landscape - by Shukla Sawant

Somberikatte @ 1Shanthiroad presents

RE-LOOK: Lectures on Indian Art

'The Significant Landscape: A Case Study of Painting in Colonial Kolhapur'

a lecture by

SHUKLA SAWANT - Artist and Art Historian, New Delhi

Sunday 26 June 2011 at 6:30 pm

@ 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery,

The Significant Landscape: A Case Study of Painting in Colonial Kolhapur

The presentation will examine the emergence of a new aesthetic genre in the form of landscape painting in Kolhapur, primarily during the reign of Shahu Maharaj (1884 and 1922), when a large number of artists from the principality entered into the social and intellectual world of colonial art institutions, largely due to the affirmative action policies of the social reformist Shahu. Setting aside the instrumentalizing of landscape painting by European artist- travellers, the artists of the region however developed a modernist understanding of the genre overlapping with John Ruskin's influential theories of "truth to nature". The complex forms of mutation that conversely led artists to transform the “truth to nature” principle into a mode of constructing memory and the cultural imagination of the local populace will be investigated through images, and the extensive critical literature of the time.

Shukla Sawant is a visual artist, currently an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Earlier she taught at the Jamia Millia University and was associated with artist collectives such as the Indian Printmakers Guild and Khoj International Artists Association. Shukla works with photography and installation and writes on contemporary art. Her work has recently been seen in exhibitions like Mutant Beauty and Tiger By the Tail: Women Artists of India Transforming Culture. She has had solo exhibitions in London (Harriet Green Gallery), Amsterdam (FIA), Mumbai (Lakereen) and Delhi (Art Inc & Anant Art Gallery). Her recent publications include Artist Collectives in the Age of Anxiety, 1940-50 in Art and Visual Culture in India 1857-2007 edited by Gayatri Sinha, and Material Means for the exhibition catalogue of Where in the World, a show she co-curated for Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi in 2008.
*RE-LOOK - Lectures on Indian Art
This series of lectures will present exciting new research being done in the areas of art history, art practice and visual anthropology in India, each for the first time in Bengaluru. Distinguished art historians and academics will be invited to give illustrated papers on their recent work and interests. There will be a lecture every month, which will take place at the popular artist space 1Shanthiroad, situated in the heart of the city.

*Somberikatte: Somberikatte is a Kannada word meaning idler’s platform- usually the platform around a large tree where people gather to gossip and exchange news. It is a fictional institution, sometimes a forum, sometimes a film production company or the name of a photo studio, used by the artist Pushpamala N.

*1.Shanthiroad: The Studio/Gallery at 1.Shanthiroad, Bangalore, is an independent artist run space for art residencies, slide lectures, small conferences, exhibitions, performances, screenings and informal gatherings. Centrally located with an award winning design, it was initiated by Suresh Jayaram and is administered by a not-for-profit trust VAC – Visual Art Collective.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Beyond Oxiana - A project by Unni Gjersten

This exhibition is jointly organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, Norway and CoLab Art & Architecture, Bangalore, India, in cooperation with 1 Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery. Beyond Oxiana
has been supported by OCA’s O3-funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professional artists in designated countries.