Varying Orders

Varying Orders

Site-specific installation at the India Club, London
Five tablecloths (calico, black cotton, black vinyl)

Varying Orders is a site-specific installation realised as part of the artist collective Specular Assembly’s annual group exhibition at the India Club in London. Five hand-embroidered tablecloths, exploring the use of salt and hand-woven Khadi fabric as part of Gandhi’s collective acts of civil disobedience, and as valuable ‘craft’ items in contemporary consumer culture were placed to the tables at the Club.

In 1930 Mohandas Gandhi initiated the Salt March, an act of non-violent civil disobedience against the salt tax imposed by the British for Indian salt production. Thousands joined the March and participated in the illegal salt making. Ghandi, a self-proclaimed anarchist also encouraged self-sufficiency through the making of Khadi, a hand spun fabric in opposition to the industrial calico manufacturing done by the British. He rejected the Western idea of materialism, promoting instead a de-centralised decision-making and the importance of community.

Salt has become a culinary novelty in the West, as well as a purifying new age object in the form of the salt lamp (from £8.98). Khadi fabric is used in designer pieces such as lamp shades (from £355).

With the kind support of: Arts Promotion Centre Finland.