Khoj is an autonomous not-for-profit contemporary arts organization established in 1997. Through international, on-site, off-site and often hyperlocal programmes and residencies, Khoj supports and incubates experimental and transdisciplinary creative practices that look at art and its various intersections with other disciplines, such as gender, urbanisms, ecology, and technology. The residency at Khoj provides time and space to the artists to engage, respond, and present their work in a historical socio-economic context, allowing for inclusivity, participation, and artistic interventions, in small but palpable ways. The residency acts as a platform for dialogue, supporting the development of personal artistic practices while building a network of interdisciplinary artists.
Khoj International Residency will welcome one French resident to explore and expand discourse in the field of craft, design and technology through innovative artistic inquiry. Craft or crafting refers to the ways in which an object comes to form. Materiality, skill, repetition, tradition and historicity are core considerations in the process of crafting an object. Sharing histories with craft-based knowledge, design discourse lends function and intention to objects, systems and environments. Technology – through evolution of tools, machines and digital technology – has played a significant role in the evolution of craft and design, making new contexts and inspiring new innovations. Through this residency, Khoj wishes to host critical artistic practices that situate the interweaving of craft and design in an ever-changing technological milieu.
Khirki Extension, New Delhi (Delhi)
The Khirki neighbourhood, a dense urban village settlement in the heart of the city, was formerly an agricultural farmland, with a history dating back to the 13th century. Today, Khirki is a melting pot of cultures, with small-time entrepreneurs, labour-based workers, sweatshop workers, artists, migrants and refugees from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Ivory Coast. Artists who are residents at Khoj Studios inevitably begin to respond to this immediate geopolitical context of the Khoj neighbourhood.
Khoj Studios includes exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, residents’ accommodation, a reference library, a media lab, a public cafe, an open-air terrace and an additional multi-purpose space that can be used for film screenings and presentations.