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Kooshk Residency Exchange
The Kooshk Residency was an exchange program between Iranian artist Hoora Soleimani and Indian artist Soghra Khurasani. In the first part of the program, Khurasani had the opportunity of a residency in Tehran and collaborated with the Iranian artist. The second part was the residency for Soleimani in New Delhi where the two artists collaborated at KHOJ Studios.
About this programme
Kooshk Residency and KHOJ International Artists’ Association organised a new exchange program between Tehran and New Delhi for an Iranian and an Indian visual artist. This exchange program existed in two parts. The first part took place in Tehran, during the month of May. During this residency the Indian artist had the opportunity to work in Tehran, Iran and collaborate with an Iranian artist. During this time, the space was open to a local public of artists, students, and art critics. The program ended with a presentation and a panel discussion.
The second part was held in New Delhi in the month of July. The same Indian and Iranian artists participated in the second part. Soghra Khurasani (India) and Hoora Soleimani (Iran) were the two artists present in this program.
During her residency at KHOJ, Soleimani explore ‘power shows’, i.e. weightlifting competitions, which take place around India. In her previous body of work, Soleimani had explored the form of the human body under duress of lifting weights through painting and photographs. She visited power shows and interviewed participants and viewers, asking them to define the words “weight”, “pressure”, and “absurd”, as it was experienced by them in their own lives. She invited her subjects to share their stories, ideas, experiences, forms, paintings and other unknowns, which she translated into her body of work.
Soghra Khurasani –the name itself is inherently tied to Iran. Khurasan, now Mashhad, is the city her great grandparents belonged to in the pre-World War II era. They migrated from Iran to pre-independence India during the Nizam’s rule in Hyderabad, to help grow the system of education as they were Mullahs (teachers), and later shifted to Vishakhapatnam.
Soghra was born and brought up in India where the diversity of culture is vast. As a whole, the Muslim minority has seen communal riots and violence in every decade since India’s independence. In her short life and practice, she has nonetheless been able to adopt a lifestyle of boldness, as there is a certain level of freedom afforded to each individual living in a democratic country. In Iran, the opposite seems to hold true, where personal liberties are not so easily accessible, but its Muslim citizens, who are in the majority, live without fear of persecution.
During this residency, Soghra strove to understand the socio-religious-political philosophies and ideologies of these two countries, and highlight, analyze and interpret their different outlooks on identity, womanhood, and community that further shape their notions on freedom of expression and freedom of speech.
Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2023
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Arthshila X Khoj Artist Residency 2022
We are pleased to announce that Khoj and Arthshila are now accepting applications from creative practitioners for a fully-funded, on-site artist residency at Parivartan in Siwan, Bihar. Parivartan is an integrated rural community development initiative by Takshila Educational Society. The Arthshila X Khoj Artist Residency Open Call 2022 is a search for exceptionally talented artists working in Ceramics, Textile, Sculpture…
Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2022
Please Note : CISA 2022 has been postponed until further notice
Khoj Support Grant 2020
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Peripheries And Crossovers: Art As Social Practice 2021
For the year 2021, Khoj is delighted to announce the start of three new projects as part of Peripheries & Crossovers: art as social practice. The participants for this year are Stuti Pradhan, Saleha Sapra & Riddhi Batra and Swati Janu. For the year 2021, Stuti Pradhan will work with migrant women in the informal sector to bring out stories…
Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2021
The fourth edition of Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2021 will be led by art practitioner and writer Shuddha Sengupta and Delhi based curator Latika Gupta. The first phase of the fellowship is a two-week intensive programme which will be held virtually from October 18th – 30th 2021. The sessions will include a combination of talks, seminars and workshops looking at the…
After a pandemic-induced hiatus, Peers 2021 marks the 17th edition of Peers, the first-ever Hybrid Peers Residency, unfolding online, followed by a physical immersion by the residents at Khoj Studios, and a Peers 2021 open day at Khoj shortly after. At its core, the Peers program acts as a stepping-stone for young artists, aiding them through a transitional moment in…
IFA Curatorial Program
As part of a four-year curatorship program conceptualised by India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, KHOJ hosted a Curatorial Residency for two unique artists, in September 2010. These artists presented their curated works in January 2011. Tracing a Human Trail: Metaphors of the Frontiers, curated by Oindrilla Maity. This exhibition was a curatorial venture based on a community that migrated…
International Workshop Mumbai 2005
In 2005 the KHOJ International Workshop was held in Mumbai at the Jindal Vijaynagar Steel Ltd, Vasind. Acclaimed artists came together from Bangladesh, South Korea, Germany, Pakistan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, France, UK, Barbados and South Africa to work alongside prominent Indian artists from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, and Kolkata. The group worked intensively for 2 weeks, activating their immediate space…