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International Workshop Modinagar 2001

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.

About this edition

From the Curator:

This year has not been an easy one for South Asia: as I write, cruise missiles are being hurled into neighbouring air spaces killing people. Earlier in the year, Nepal reeled under the deadly Palace Massacre. Suicide bombers destroyed half the Sri Lankan Airlines fleet in Colombo. Bangladesh has been through yet another violent election and Kashmir continues to burn in the aftermath of the Agra summit between Pakistan and India.

It is during times like this that International Workshops like ours assume a deeper significance. As friend and artist Lee Wen perceptively wrote in the aftermath of September 11, “the situation of globalisation has its dangers that we must now try harder to understand…across the plains of our endeavors it is cross-cultural activities that have been unfortunately neglected and is the lowest in priority in nearly all nations and societies despite all the increasing glaring signs of disparities everywhere.”

And so we at KHOJ continue – doggedly – with our preparations for yet another workshop, which brings together artists from different parts of the world in an attempt to develop mutual understanding of our differences and similarities.


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