KHOJ began as a proposition: a space for artists, run by artists. KHOJ translates literally in Hindi as ‘to search’ or ‘to seek’. From its modest beginnings 13 years ago as an annual workshop, it has grown into a unique independent space for the incubation of ideas. A space where vibrant imaginations are nurtured. Khoi has created unconventional synapses between art and disciplines such as science, technology, architecture and fashion. It is constantly expanding the understanding and development of cutting edge contemporary art practice in India. Through a variety of projects including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks and public and socially engaged practices, KHOJ Studios in Delhi has catalysed a community of artists into networks across India, and actively developed the South Asian Network for the Arts.
KHOJ has supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists well before they went on to receive international acclaim. Over 200 Indian and 400 international artists countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, the UK, Germany, France, Mexico and America have been through Khoj. Khoj facilitates change by engaging artists and audiences in vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability and public engagement. A vanguard of the vital optimism that is shaping contemporary India, Khoj is creating a legacy for the future.
PROGRAM AND ACTIVITIES
KHOJ undertakes a wide range of activities, which include:
— Developing a wide range of projects and programs which, articulate interactions between
diverse group of artists, geographies and cultural contexts.
— Organizing events, which encourage critical debate, diversity and innovation within art.
— Actively facilitating initiatives under the aegis of the KHOJ National Network: in nodal points across the country, Mumbai, Guwahati, Kolkata and Bangalore.
KHOJ’s current goals are:
— To actively assist, develop and promote new, investigative and experimental art practices; in all media (ephemeral art practices such as sound art, performance, experimental theatre etc. installation, public art and multi-media work).
— To promote discussion, understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts issues and to provide a forum for critical debate.
— To encourage and support the production and the exchange of ideas by Indian, South Asian and International artists through production, exhibition and dissemination.
— To actively facilitate an informal network of contemporary artists both within the region and within the larger Global South.
— To develop new and informed audiences.