In 2014 Hotel Maria Kapel (HMK) initiated a collaboration with artist initiative 1 Shanthi Road in India with the aim of exchanging information about each other’s organization and specific social and economic issues our organizations and the localities they are imbedded in encounter and address. That Which Carries, That Which Pulls* is the first public outcome of this collaboration and has been jointly curated by Suresh Jayaram and Irene de Craen, the founding director of 1 Shanthi Road and artistic director of HMK respectively.
1 Shanthi Road is an artist led initiative in the heart of Bangalore, India; an eclectic and cosmopolitan city which offers diverse inspiration. It seeks to nurture creativity and cutting edge art practice. The organisation prides itself in being open and welcoming to artists, and has been a venue for dialogue, debate and an incubator for contemporary art experimentation that focuses on process. The residency programme at 1 Shanthi Road provides artists with an opportunity to interact, experiment and utilise local materials to extend their visual language.
* The title refers to the literal translation for ‘Vahana’; the mythical entities (mostly animals) that act as vehicles for Hindu deities with which they have an intricate partnership, simultaneously symbolizing their message and meaning