Indian artist Priyanka Choudhary and the Charkha threading system

By Adolfo Caballero

Priyanka Choudhury is proposing a residency in Mexico City in which she wishes to explore the spaces where violence plays an important role in social life. Priyanka will use the Charkha, a threading system used by Mahatma Gandhi as a symbol for independence from England’s monopoly in textile and independence as a whole. The Charkha has become a symbol of non-violence in India and is a meditative tool that helps ease the mind.

Exhibit by Priyanka Choudhary
Fri, Jul 26, 7pm
YAM Gallery
Ancha de San Antonio 21
Within the Instituto Allende

Priyanka will sit in different public places with different types of people and energy surrounding her and spin the thread. She wishes to encounter peoples’ energy in spaces of transit and public life such as main squares, parks, metro stations, protest sites, etc. Spinning the charkha is a meditative action, and emotions and energy are translated into the shape, consistency and uniformity of the thread being spun. She wishes to see the difference of the thread depending on where she has spun it.

With these spools of thread she will then create specific art pieces that will translate her experience and impressions on the issues of violence, social life and public spaces as they are occupied in Mexico City. The confrontation between the ever-present violence in Mexico as something transmitted by the media and the non-violent instrument of Gandhi and its meditative action will arouse reactions in the public surrounding the artist.

At the end of the residency, Priyanka will exhibit in YAM Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, creating a unique experience through an in situ intervention as well as other pieces documenting her creative process.

Presented by YAM Gallery and R.A.T. Residencias Artísticas por Intercambio.


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