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KHOJ organised the Open Day of its associate residency programme with artists David Brazier from Australia and Vanessa Lovell from the UK, along with the launch of the community newspaper Khirkee Voice (खिड़की आवाज़).

David Brazier’s practice uses a variety of social forms to narrate specific moments of social and economic power in the context of globalisation. He is currently researching contemporary forms of labour to inform a critical model of social engagement, exploring how participation in art can thematise the ethics and aesthetics of a deregulated global workforce. He employs an assortment of media including video, sound and installation as well as live performances and events, frequently collaborating with his wife Kelda Free.

Converging around form and texture, Vanessa Lovell’s work encompasses a range of mediums and subjects beyond the realm of fashion. Always research-driven, her projects reflect a fascination for science, technology and research innovations, focusing on a wide array of craft techniques ranging from the scientific to the labour-intensive. With a strong understanding of printing and dyeing techniques, Vanessa aims to experiment with the manipulation of conventional processes to create unique fabrics and sculptures, testing the boundaries of materials and form to clothe the body. Her previous projects have included harvesting crystals on cloth to create bejewelled fabric patterns, growing fabric from bio-cultures, and rejuvenating up-cycled fabrics through the hand-pleating technique inspired by Japanese origami.

In the season of GST, the fourth edition of Khirkee Voice examined the neighborhood as a micro-economy, a tiny microcosm of the immensely complex and diverse economic realities of our country, and talked to the community about how the changes in the tax system were affecting their businesses. We also looked at how this tiny, thriving and interconnected conglomeration of small and medium enterprises was both environmentally and economically sustainable, and could even teach a thing or two to towns in rich countries like Germany!

David Brazier’s residency is supported through KHOJ‘s partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

Vanessa Lovell’s residency is supported through KHOJ‘s partnership with University of the Arts London.

Khirkee Voice is edited by Malini Kochupillai and Mahavir Singh Bisht, and supported by KHOJ International Artists’ Association.

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