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Networks And Neighbourhood : Negotiating Social Ecology 2014
Khoj’s Networks and Neighbourhoods: Negotiating Social Ecology explored many conversations with women in Khirkee about their notions of public space. It delved into how young women from once-marginalized colonies negotiate rapid changes in their context amidst traditional family pressures even while the technologically-enabled elision of urban public and private space brings about shifts in identity and aspirations.
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Networks and Neighborhoods focused on how young working women in Khirkee responded and adapted to the pressures of the constantly changing urban ecology within the larger contemporary discourse of risk and vulnerability negotiated by women in urban public space.
REVUE, Delhi-based creative practitioners involved for several years in the creation of community-related art projects, had many informal and formal conversations through cartography sessions and workshops with local women about their notions of public space. Khirkee, a semi-rural colony on the unauthorised/laldora area of South Delhi, still retains a strong though vestigial aura of its origins despite now being fully assimilated into the city in every sense. Within the narrow two- or three-storey buildings with small windows and doors, open spaces take the forms of balconies and staircases that angle into the lanes and courtyards. A primary social space is created through cots drawn together in the lane and pushed back when vehicles need to pass.
Local women are generally dominated by male family members at home and, in terms of accessing public space, are restricted to street corners, parks and shops in their own neighbourhoods. However, many young women often manage to create their own shared collective spaces on rooftops, terraces, stairwells, at municipal taps and in nearby markets, malls and beauty parlours as nodes of community.
At the time, technologies such as mobile phones, the internet and public technological spaces such as cyber cafes were beginning to radically alter social and professional possibilities. Technology had swiftly expanded the awareness, skills and confidence of the young women who left their restricted working-class environment each day and commute to work in distant zones of the city.
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…
Networks And Neighbourhood : Negotiating Social Ecology 2015
Networks and Neighborhoods: Negotiating Social Ecology conducted various workshops, seminars, meetings, mural-painting and classes at Khoj. A magazine entitled Mulaqaton Ki Galiyaan – The Lanes of Encounter, was also produced as a part of the project. Through a variety of mapping workshops, the project initiated a conversation about gendered access to public spaces in Khirkee and Hauz Rani. The project…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities A Staged Hearing
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Indoor-Outdoor: Dancewalks with Foofwa d’Imobilité
INDOOR DANCEWALKS – RETROPERSPECTIVES AND VOYAGE 4 December 2019, at 6PM The indoor Dancewalk is a paradox that will be an initiation to the outdoor Dancewalk. The local and indoor Dancewalk let’s one apprehend with intimacy, the freedom of traveling through dance, in body and spirit, but within enclosed space(s). It is also an analytical and historical account of the…