In 2002, Khoj acquired a building in Khirki village, south Delhi, anchoring an erstwhile tentative, fluid entity into brick and mortar. An urban village established in the 13th Century, Khirki is known for its beautiful Masjid (mosque) built in 1380 AD. Juxtaposed against this historic landmark, the vibrancy of urban Delhi spills through the labyrinthine streets of Khirki, and onto our doorstep.
In 2012, the Khoj building underwent a renovation process that reflected the organization’s forward-thinking vision. By expanding its spaces for artists and the public alike, the Khoj facilities have been updated to accommodate more audiences, programs, and possibilities while keeping the essence of the space intact.
The Khoj building now 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.
Library & Media Lab
Khoj’s neighborhood of Khirkee Village is a dense urban- village environment in New Delhi that is home to a stream of immigrants from within the Indian Subcontinent, as well as from nations across the Global South. People move here seeking education, access to healthcare, opportunities for employment, political asylum or simply a new beginning. Arrival is often accompanied by tension and experiences of discrimination based on race and social difference. This moment is not exceptional to the experience of entering Khirkee as an outsider, but is indicative of a greater universal encounter.