Wednesday, August 29, 2012

KABIR SATSANG with Shabnam Virmani

#1 Shanthi Road turns 10 years old this year! Ten vibrant years during which time we’ve broken new ground, nurtured talent and triggered a meaningful understanding and appreciation of visual art.

As is well known to its large circle of well-wishers, #1Shanthi has acted as an eclectic and alternative art and social space for dialogue, discussions and creativity. Over these 10 years, it has supported over 150 young and emerging artists who might otherwise have few opportunities for showcasing their work, as well as nurtured talks seasoned artists and scholars,and opened the space for musicians and the Kabir project.

We therefore request you to extend your support through financial contributions that can help sustain an enterprise that has hopefully enriched your experience and understanding of art and life. This financial support is critical if we are to fulfill our mission – that of building a strong and vibrant network of art practitioners and scholars both within India and outside.
More specifically, your contributions will be critical for several activities that push the residency a little closer to achieving its objectives.

We need to raise funds to sustain our ongoing programs for the next three years.
To sustain our selves and upgrade digital and virtual archiving system with a webpage that can support our ongoing projects and be networked locally and globally. Consolidate our working team of part and full-time staff to manage the residency and studio space.
We also wish to publishing a special book on this occasion to commemorate our 10th year. 

Further we envision more critical and creative endeavors with the visual arts. Looking forward to your support

Suresh Jayaram

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Hi !!! This is our second showing..after almost selling out last time....which presents a whole lot of new shapes, textures and forms inspired by the moody blues of the monsoons....please do come, tuck into large soup bowls, lay out platters, take home mugs for hot steamy chai, trays and soup pots...perfect for the grey skies of Bangalore.

Artist Talk by KIANGA FORD

Kianga Ford’s project in Bangalore at 1.Shanthtiroad will be a new set of fictional audio narratives written for and about various locations around the city.

“My stories are made up but typically reflect the people and conditions that I encounter while I am moving through the cities where I'm working. My research process is varied and involves both active listening and aimless wandering as well as historical and sometimes archival research. In Bangalore, I aim to form a group
of young women collaborators who will help me to understand this place and time by extending active listening to their own communities and sharing the narratives that they gather. I am actively soliciting young women between the ages of 12 and 20 (not strict) to participate in this group. But, the project is not by any means limited to young women, so I invite everyone to come by 1.Shanthiroad and have a chat with me, take me for a walk, or show me something you find interesting about Bangalore".

I am also seeking musical collaborators to score the audio walks, so please do drop me a note or drop by if you are interested.” (

My working periods in Bangalore will be: August 15-September-5 and October 7-October-31st. 

This project is supported by the smARTpowerThe Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY 10456

smARTpoweran initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by The Bronx Museum of the Arts—will send fifteen American artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community-based art projects.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


The Botany of Desire

I’m interested in the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens because it reminds me of a past I share with India.
Based on England’s Kew Gardens, Lalbagh, to me, represents the foregone era of British colonialism. Plants from all over the world were brought in and if profitable, introduced to other reaches of the British Empire. Perhaps a tree I saw in my own country is a descendent from Lalbagh. Perhaps I had climbed this tree, ate its fruit, or wore something made out of it.
This work is a playful attempt to find connections with my past. By using leaves I found in Lalbagh, I made a work that resemble shadow puppets (which, of course, originated from India but is a widespread art form in Southeast Asia.) and created a melodramatic story from stereotypical ideas about India, from bits and pieces of Tamil and Hindi movies I see throughout my life and observations during my walks in Lalbagh.
This works is unfinished and it is intentionally so.  This is because I want to complete this work in Malaysia, thus, literally and symbolically bringing parts of Lalbagh to Malaysia, which I imagined was what the British did an era ago.

by Chang Yoong Chia

sound by Teoh Ming Wah


Chang Yoong Chia (b.1975, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Lives and works in Kuala Lumpur. Since graduating from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1996, he has been exhibiting both in Malaysia and internationally. Although trained as a painter, Chang also uses different kinds of media in the making of his artworks.

Notable exhibitions include Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition in Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2011), the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh (2010), Domestic Bliss at Sculpture Square, Singapore (2007), The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Fukuoka, Japan (2005), Malaysian Art Now at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2005), Khoj International Artist Workshop in Mysore, India (2002) and his solo exhibitions Safe House: Flora & Fauna III at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2008) which he collaborated with Teoh Ming Wah, The 2nd Seven Years: Quilt of the Dead, Flora & Fauna IV, Narratives at The Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was co-organized by Valentine Willie Fine Art & Japan Foundation, K.L (2009) and The World is Flat at Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore (2011)

He has also participated in artist residencies including Japan Foundation’s JENESYS Program in which he was hosted by S-Air in Sapporo, Japan (2008), Art as Environment in Tropic of Cancer artist-in-residence in Chiayi county,Taiwan (2007), Ujiae Art Studio in Gwangju, Korea (2007), Rimbun Dahan Artist Residency in Kuang, Malaysia (2006)

Thursday, August 2, 2012


“A spider can only make a web
but it makes it to perfection” -
Nasreen Mohamedi

SURYAPRAKSH GOWDA –Suri, has been greatly influenced by Nasreen Mohammadi, who he worked and spent a lot of time with, during his years graduating in Applied Arts, at M.S.University, Baroda. His expression is derivative of this influence, and has its own dynamic character, as he creates movement and illusion on paper – an aesthetic, very much his own…
Nasreen Mohamedi(1937-1990) was a unique figure in the Indian art world in Baroda, an artist rediscovered posthumously to international acclaim and recognition. Her black and white drawings use the line as an utopian language of abstraction, the effect is a sublime, lyrical and spiritual.

1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery