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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Snakes & Lotuses at C/O Pop, Cologne + 1ShantiRoad Gallery, B’lore

July 31st, 2008

Girls – Here is some good news to report. Snakes & Lotuses has been invited to participate in the C/O Pop Festival at Cologne, Germany from the 13th to the 15th of August. I will be headed over to Germany on the 8th and will be there through till the 20th. This was a lucky break for me. The group of 10 artists and industry big-wigs include musicians, CEO’s of record labels and journalists from Pakisthan, India and Sri Lanka. The trip is sponsored by the Goethe Institute in collaboration with the C/O Pop folks.

I will also be having a 3 day showing of this body of work at 1 ShantiRoad Gallery from the 29th to the 31st of August. This is the first time Snakes & Lotuses will be showing in India (and hopefully not the last). This is a solo show and I really would love to see how people react to it.

In general, I am a bit nervous, especially of the Blore show. I want to make this debut a good and solid one. Unfortunately the bad news is that over the last 20 days I have been having a bad time with my back. Have injured my lower back and neck and its reached a point of intensity that I have been ordered complete bed-rest. Yep I’m cheating to be posting this one up. I hope to god I can make it for the germany trip. The worst is that I am unable to sit up for more than 30 mins at a stretch, and so cant really get a ton of work that needs to get done completed :(

This also explains my absence from this blog – no real work to report in either. Pooj – Nirali and I hung out for a wee bit when she came into town. spent a few hours at my studio chatting about art and work and life. Missed you of course :)


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  • hey arch! i’m so sorry to hear about your back. you must have pinched a nerve. thats the worst. what can you do to make it better fast? besides bed rest?
    good luck in germany. that is really fantastic stuff. you’re getting out there, doing stuff, making it happen. that is really very great. its natural that you would be worried about the blore show – it is your hometown! it will do well- dont you worry. what is up with nirali? girls we hae to get our show going. it has to happen!

  • It will! The 3For show will happen and it will ROCK! I say we pick a month and start working hard towards that…what say??

    My back sucks, but Berlin is sooooo fantastic. It is sooo good for art. I love it totally and wish to god that I can come back here again, perhaps spend a couple of months or something…you know. really get ot know the city and be part of the art scene here.

  • hey arch! nirali and i were talking about having a travelling show in feb. start in baroda. we should each put up like 8 pieces. what say you?i’m thinking that after that we can also move it to the states?
    glad you’re enjoying berlin. i actually hurt my back too. i sprained a ligament. pain!

  • perfectacus! traveling shows im all down for. i have the proposal that i had made for Snakes & Lotuses traveling show…i think we can use that as a starting point to write up the stuff we need to get 3For on the road?
    im all done with showcasing S&L locally after the blore thing…call and we chat more yeah??