“Rewa: 50 Years of Hope,” 2009. Exhibition view at 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, Bangalore. Courtesy 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery
1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery is an artist-led initiative that has become a multidisciplinary art space and a discursive hub for visual culture and interdisciplinary dialogue. Its programs examine the questions that inspire and shape us as individuals, communities, and cultures. The studio/gallery, which has built a platform for experimental work, serves as a social space within the thriving local art scene for holding dialogues and discussions, and promoting creativity. 1Shanthiroad also supports emerging artists; focuses on the process of dialogue, debate, and nurturing; and is established as a local and international artist-residency space.
The initiative wishes to look at urban history and geography in the context of globalization and to create ongoing dialogues and interventions with local issues and global concerns. Lectures and presentations that focus on contemporary art theory and practice are regularly hosted here. 1Shanthiroad aims at forging strong links with South Asian countries and the global South.