To Art is to Resist


To Art is to Resist 

Online exhibition of works produced by artists in response to the current situation in Kashmir. 

We are curating an online exhibition of art works produced in the form of paintings, photographs, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, digital, animation, text etc in response to current  Kashmir Crisis.

The exhibition will go live on on 1st September 2016.

If you wish to be a part of the online exhibition send your entries to

  • Age/Background no bar.
  • Artists can be based anywhere in the world.
  • Please send max 6 (SIX) high resolution images of your art work. Make sure the images are clear and that there is no glare etc. Unclear images will not be exhibited.
  • Send the Title, Size, Medium etc for each art work.
  • In case of video, please send a link to the video that can be embedded on our website.
Presented by Gallerie One. Supported by Kashmir Art Quest.

Gallerie One Residency 2016. Deadline Extended.

In view of artists’ demand, we have extended the submission deadline and moved the residency dates.


For more information visit or write to

call for applications



Gallerie One Residency 2016, Kashmir – International Call for Applications

call for applications

Gallerie One is accepting applications from artists based in any country for the 8-week fully-funded artists in residence program which will take place in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Through this residency we wish to encourage research, dialogue and collaboration – while at the same time support artists’ careers by strengthening their practice. Each shortlisted applicant based outside Kashmir will work with their Kashmiri counterpart. Each group will explore traditional practices by local craftsmen and incorporate it in their collaborative work, formally or conceptually. By the end of the residency, each group will have created two installations which can later be placed in open public spaces. The artist will therefore be dealing with the geographic, social, political, and cultural sensitivities in Kashmir.

What will we sponsor?

1) Accommodation.

    We will provide a fully furnished 25 sq.meter Bedroom with an en-suite washroom to each resident.

2) Two-way travel.

    From your current city to Srinagar, and return.

    (Maximum INR 70,000 Including Visa Fees and Air Fare – Approx. 1080 USD or 700 GBP or  950 Euro)

3) Food.

    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

5) Production Costs.

    The cost of materials/services used for producing the artwork(s).

    (Maximum INR 50,000 per group – Approx. 780 USD or 500 GBP or 680 Euro)

6) Two Studio Spaces.

     On Site 70. sq.meter each (750 sq.ft.) to be shared between all residents.

7)  An Exhibition/Installation of work(s) produced during the residency.

*INR – Indian National Rupee

Application Deadline:

Thursday, 31st December 2015,  6:00 pm.


9 questions for the J&K Tourism Department after their fresh dubious statements in the media.

Tourism Department in their press conference yesterday alleged that:
“How come they claim to be the owners when they have given in writing that they only are the organizers of the various art activates in the space,” (Rising Kashmir –

“It was the space provided to private organisers for organizing a 90 days art promotion event, but after the expiry of the date they tried to occupy it,” (Greater Kashmir –

But lets see what we have officially maintained on our official website since day 1, even before the inauguration on January 12, 2015. (see about section)

We now have following questions for the Tourism Department:
1) You first claimed that no notice is served in case of an “event.” But now you have circulated some notice claiming that we refused to accept it. Clearly on the vandalism day, as can be seen in the video evidence, you refused to and failed to produce any notice even when we repeatedly asked for it. So suddenly why did you serve us a notice, as you claim, if it was just an event? And when did this notice come into existence?

2) You claim that we refused to vacate the space? How exactly are we supposed to vacate the space without any notification, and after you seized the gallery. Did you expect us to break your locks, because you have refused to speak to us and barred us from entering the gallery.

3) You claim that you were taking only your equipment out of the gallery premises? How did you verify this? Why didn’t you call us before taking your stuff so as to ensure that you were taking only your own things?

4) Again, how do you justify the damage to artworks? Who will compensate for the loss?

5) If it was just a 90 day event by what logic do you count the days from 22nd November 2014 while the gallery was inaugrated on 12th January 2015.

6) Why, on ALL our letters of communication the space was referred to as an ART GALLERY (Even on the authorization letter) if it was just a 90 day event?

7) Why did the then director tourism mislead everyone, even the general public,by saying even in the media that “The art gallery is an INTEGRAL PART of the TRC”

8) You have still not clarified who exactly ordered the vandalism and abrupt seize of the gallery? We demand public accountability.

9) Why did it take you 11 days after vandalism to show the media a suspicious “notice of evacuation.”

Artists burn their artworks in protest against the vandalism of their works by tourism officials

Artists burn their artworks in protest against the vandalism of their works by tourism officials


“Revive and promote a new, distinct creative economy”

(Originally published in Greater Kashmir, 1st January 2015 –

“I hope we achieve a sense of ownership towards our future, a sense of ownership towards Kashmir. I hope we begin to see what we have lost because of our mistakes in the past, and therefore work together to make advances towards a progressive future. To construct a Kashmir with arms open to the world, we must begin to think of ourselves as the guardians of this incredibly beautiful land; of awe-inspiring culture; of our past and future.
The creative and cultural infrastructure in Kashmir has been seriously lacking. There have been no avenues for the artists to showcase their work. There is no exchange of creative dialogue with the international world. Art education is seriously lacking. The lone institute of fine arts at Rajbagh is in shambles. It is probably the most gravely ignored institution by the University over the years and especially after the floods. It still awaits rehabilitation. Hardly any research takes place in the field of visual arts in Kashmir. What we learn from history and through evidence is that the state of arts in a society strongly influences its social, cultural and intellectual evolution. But unfortunately our creative sector is in a pathetic shape.
To address the issues in this sector I started Kashmir Art Quest in 2009 which has been working towards the advancements of arts, artists and art education in Kashmir. The platforms and opportunities for creative expression had become non-existent here due to decades of turmoil and conflict, curbs on freedom of expression, ignorance by successive governments and absence of any organisations working in the field of arts. It is one of our foremost goals to create a situation in Kashmir where an international art-scene might exist – therefore channelize creative energy towards Kashmir. We celebrate a culture of innovation and creativity, and strive to foster creative and cultural entrepreneurship in the region.
Unfortunately we are still the only independent contemporary arts organisation working actively in Kashmir. However we are all-set to launch the first ever centre for contemporary arts and research in J&K – a historical landmark, and a much needed space especially in a place like Kashmir. Gallerie One will initiate the long overdue exploration of the creative economy, and promote Brand Kashmir globally. This will create value propositions worth crores of Rupees for our society, our traders, hoteliers, businesses, real-estate developers, and even the tourists visiting Kashmir. This has finally become possible after years of hard work and now by the support from J&K Department of Tourism. I hope the local businesses, corporate, future administration and governments continue to support such initiatives, and prioritize the revival and promotion of a new, distinct creative economy.”

Syed Mujtaba Rizvi

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Gallerie One.

Founder, Managing Director, Kashmir Art Quest.