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International Workshop Modinagar 1999

From 1997 until 2001, KHOJ conducted the International Artist Workshop mostly at Sikribagh, a quasi-colonial bungalow in Modinagar, offered for the workshop by SK Modi. The workshop functioned as an experimental art laboratory that brought together artists from all over the world to create a co-operative and non-hierarchical space, encouraging critical dialogue, exchange and the transference of information and skills.

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“One position, one voice, lacks dialectical resonance… [dialogue offers] a latticework of thoughts and points of view that interweave and complement each other”- Suzi Gablik, art critic and artist.

The KHOJ 1999 workshop was marked by intense dialogue and debate and much of the work produced was underlined by a strong socio-political conscience. Simultaneously, the work of performance-based artists, Michael Shaonawasai from Thailand, Song Dong from China, Anne Marie Culhane from the UK and Subodh Gupta from India blurred boundaries and provided interesting overlaps between performance as art and performance art.

Through these workshops over three years, KHOJ has endeavored to integrate various art forms to provide a forum for artistic freedom and experimentation. With twenty-four artists at Sikribagh, Modinagar, KHOJ 1999 was packed with strong individuated, politicised, and poetic voices that debated critical artistic interventions.

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