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Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities 2021-2022

“Does the Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities,” is a 3 year project partially funded by The Prince Claus Fund, through which it is supporting art projects that engage with the idea of air and toxicity: its composition, movement, landscapes and scales of impact; paying special attention to its social connections.


About this edition

Can man live elsewhere than in air?” – Luce Irigray

Air is the site of “smell, breath, wind, weather, air conditioning, air pollution, science, sound, oxygen, smoking–the tactility of the atmosphere.”

It travels across all spatial scales– from the vastness of winds blowing across continents, to the regional particularities of pollutants, down to the intimate exchange it has with the human body, as each breath brings air into the body’s interior. Even as air permeates our bodies, the ways in which it enters our consciousness are limited. The panic around the smog that plagues the Northern part of the Indian subcontinent hinges on a logic of visuality– it is only when there is a visible haze that attention turns toward the air quality, when even the sunniest day registers air quality levels well above hazardous. How do we begin to think about the air and what drives it to be toxic, even when it is ephemeral, invisible, removed from our consciousness by the deceptive blueness of the sky? What are the ways in which embodied knowledge of our exchanges with air can be used as testimonies to call for collective action, or sites to understand the intertwined meanings of nature?

Does the Blue Sky Lie? asks us to think about the air we breathe and what drives it to be toxic, even when it is ephemeral, invisible, removed from our consciousness by the deceptive blueness of the sky. The project has 3 distinct episodes:

– A Public Art intervention : Air Expo 2022, Select Citywalk Plaza, 21st-29th April
– An Exhibition : Does the Blue Sky Lie? Khoj Studios, 27th April-21st May
– Informal Talks : Cafe Classroom, Khoj Studios, 30th April-30th May

This art project hopes to activate thinking and action to combat air pollution in New Delhi.

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We are looking for volunteers based in New Delhi to join us from the 19th – 29th April 2022 for our upcoming art project – Does The Blue Sky Lie? Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities.

Come work with the Khoj team and renowned artists from around the world on creative interventions in public spaces and advocate for cleaner air in Delhi.

Stipend – INR 500 per day

Location – Select Citywalk, Saket

Timings: 4.30 pm – 9.30 pm

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