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Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities A Staged Hearing
“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.
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Conceived by Khoj International Artists’ Association and Zuleikha Chaudhari, in collaboration with lawyer Harish Mehla; ‘In the matter Re: Rights of Nature’ is a staged hearing which foregrounds the Rights of Nature as an expansion of the Right to Life as enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
Following on from an earlier project, Landscape As Evidence: Artist As Witness which was held in a similar format, the project employs the format of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in order to explore “principles of natural justice” in the context of environmental justice and interrogates the role art can play as a means of knowledge production in the context of ecological interrelations. Can artists and artworks articulate the web of ecological, cultural, economic, historical and political relations as legitimate narratives in a judicial context?
The fictional case, filed by Khoj International Artists’ Association and Zuleikha Chaudhari, New Delhi, indicts the Union of India through the Ministry of Environment, the respective State stakeholders, and a fictitious Farmer’s Union for their inability to stop stubble-burning in areas of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. The hearing stages the arguments put forth by the three parties considering fundamental issues that place both the human and non-human in polluted ecosystems.
The hearing will include practicing lawyers, expert and artist witnesses, retd. judges and will follow protocols, procedures and laws of the NGT. Grounded in current environmental laws in India, the hearing will entail opening and closing statements by the lawyers, cross examination of witness testimonies along with evidence, and a judgement in the matter by the constituted Bench. The final judgement is unknown and will be delivered at the end of the hearing.
Come, find out what the verdict here!
Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2023
The fifth edition of Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2023 returns with tutors Latika Gupta, curator based in Delhi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta from Raqs Media Collective. The Phase I of the Intensive is a combination of talks, seminars and workshops that look at histories of exhibition-making, institutions and their limitations. Emerging discussions incorporate a wide range of curatorial frameworks and…
Functioning as a unique residency model that closely curates artists at the start of their professional careers, the Peers residency is populated with artists’ visits and interactions, studio visits and curated exhibition walk-throughs, for the residents to have a gamut of art-related experiences and exposure. The Peers residency ends with an Open Day, where resident artists show their works in…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities Cafe Classroom
As an arts space, Khoj is constantly grappling with modes of knowledges across disciplines. Our curatorial approach strongly emphasises learning as praxis, accepting our role as trying to forge together new entry points into the thematics that interest us. Over the course of researching Does the Blue Sky Lie?, we realised the need to relearn what we know about the…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities Exhibition
The Does the Blue Sky Lie? exhibition brings together works by Abhishek Hazra, Architecture for Dialogue + Salil Parekh, Hanna Husberg, Thukral and Tagra, Pradip Saha, Saraab (Shahana Rajani, Omer Wasim), and Sharbendu De. Engaging with questions of being in “common” with our atmosphere, the works delve into the effects of extractive infrastructures on landscapes, the hubris of technocratic solutions…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities air expo 22
Come BREATHE with us Come LIVE with us Come ADOPT a piece of the sky with us Come PLAY with us Come IMAGINE a future with us Masks. Air Purifiers. Anti-Smog Guns. Smog Towers. Wearable Ion Generating Purifiers. Techno-scientific innovations are seen as the most desirable solutions for toxic airs by a neoliberal society. The first episode of Does the…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities 2019-2022
“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.” – Timothy Choy To live in New Delhi is to be in constant and intimate communion with toxicity— being marked in a bodily way by where you live…
The Observatory : Second Site
The Observatory: Second Site project, by artists Rohini Devasher and Legion Seven, began with an interrogation of the complicated history of observational astronomy and the ways in which ‘seeing’ is strange and more ambiguous than one might imagine. Since then it has transformed far beyond its original scope. At the core of this new iteration is the question of how perception impacts sight…
28th Parallel North – An Expeditionary Weather Station
Formed in response to the climate emergency, the World Weather Network is a constellation of weather stations set up by 28 arts agencies around the world and an invitation to look, listen, learn, and act. For Khoj’s Weather Station, artists and researchers Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani, Atul Bhalla, Mithu Sen and Raqs Media Collective are undertaking walks and treks…
Body As Barometer – Live Arts Workshop 2022
For the Delhi leg of the Live Arts Workshop, Khoj wishes to locate the body as central to the making of live arts, and thus simultaneously locate the quality of liveness that emanates from the body. In this framework, the body emerges as an ever-sensing tool, interacting with atmospheres, architectures, materials, technologies, interfaces and communities, mediating affect. The body becomes…
Khoj Live 2012
From the first International Workshop in 1997, to Khoj Live 2008 (a six-day Live Art festival) and most recently through a series of international residencies devoted to performance and time-based practices, Khoj has consistently engaged with the genre of Live Art. In an attempt to further explore the possibilities of the genre, specifically within the context of contemporary cultural production in India, Khoj…
Khoj Live 2008
As part of our 10-year celebrations, KHOJ curated the first ever International Performance Art Festival in New Delhi, celebrating KHOJ’s consistent engagement with the genre of live art practices. Live Art is an umbrella term encompassing a range of performance, performative and time-based practices that are unrestricted by art form boundaries. The Festival ran a dynamic six-day programme of events,…
Making Sense Of Crisis – Art As Schizoanalysis: A Symposium And Exhibition
Schizoanalysis, as a concept, found currency with the Postermodernist turn, through the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Posed as a challenge to the violence of psychoanalysis and the Oedipal understanding of the world, schizoanalysis proposed to move away from the clinical underpinnings of psychoanalysis and psychiatry, breaking out of the hierarchies between the doctor and the patient, to…
Khoj x TBA21 on St_age The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan
The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan is a six-part sequential exploration with sound, voice, and moving images. Conceptualized in the wake of auto-generated toxicities that swarm in the air, this artwork attempts to spend some time with the question of being in common with ‘our’ atmosphere. It is also an exploration in not forgetting that there exist radically different ways of…
Khoj x TBA21 on St_age Safarnama
A sound piece tracing the textures and toxicities of air. Invoking the presence of jinns to explore the textures and toxicities of air, Safarnama (2020) activates natural and sacred worlds to pay attention to the intimacy of toxic colonialisms. Borrowing its name from and referencing the history of travel literature produced in the Islamic world, Safarnama traces the journey of…