The khadi March: Just five meters are in continuation of Shelly jyoti’s previous works ‘Indigo Narratives’ (2009-14) and ‘Salt: The Great March’ (2013-15).
This exhibition has two aims, one to touch upon the idea of swadharma towards nation and secondly explore a solution to uplift the rural population.
The first is an ideology stemming from Vedas (Ancient Indian texts composed in Sanskrit) second is setting the context of finding a solution to bridge and connect rural (70%). The gist of the thought can be put in a simple way of buying five yards ofkhadi by seventy crore urban population to empower spinners, weaver and unremunerated village citizens and bring them livelihood. This form of swadharmawould be an effortless exchange of sacrifice and gain. The need to support khadi by urban is woven through the notion of patriotism, purity and sacrifice, all of which provide unifying ideologies more powerful in todays age.
Working in collaboration with 10th generation of Ajrakh textile artisans in bhuj , Gujarat, these art scrolls on khadi with 200-400 year old blocks have historic importance but are conceptually contemporary in design. These work features khadi site-specific installations, 20 Ajrakh textile artworks and multi media spoken poetry art.