Thursday, October 24, 2013

Indigo: Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti - Opens Sat, Nov 16 @ Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington DC



Saturday, November 16, 2013
Gandhi Memorial Center
Opening Reception from 2 to 4pm
Inaugural Remarks at 2:30pm

With Distinguished Guest

Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India

RSVP for Opening Reception by 11-14-2013

Exhibition May Be Viewed Through January 2014
Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 4pm and By Appointment

Shelly Jyoti’s “Indigo Narratives” refer to the 19th century history of India’s indigo farmers, their oppression and Mahatma Gandhi’s subsequent non-violent resistance leading to India’s freedom. Shelly lived in Gujarat, India and her “Narratives” use traditional embroidery by rural women in Gujarat with support of Shrujan: Threads of Life and indigo resist dyeing printing on khadi fabric with the 9th generation ajrakh artisans of Gujarat famed for their bold embellished textiles.

Laura Kina’s “Devon Avenue Sampler” is a portrait of her South Asian/Jewish Chicago neighborhood, West Roger’s Park, and features a bricolage of pop street signage rendered in patchwork quilt paintings. The “Sampler” includes works hand embroidered by artisans from MarketPlace: Handwork of India, a fair trade women’s organization in Mumbai, India. Laura lives and works in Chicago’s “Little India”, a vibrant multiethnic immigrant community.

This exhibit is presented by the Gandhi Memorial Center in cooperation with 
the Embassy of India and with support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816
The common thread between both bodies of work is the color indigo blue from India’s colonial past, to indigo-dyed Japanese kasuri fabrics and boro patchwork quilts, through blue threads of a Jewish prayer tallis, to working class blue jeans in the U.S. Since 2009, “Indigo” has exhibited in galleries
and cultural centers in Baroda, New Delhi, Mumbai, Seattle, Miami, and Chicago.


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