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Peers 2003

The Khoj Peers residency program provides emerging artists and creative practitioners a platform for dialogue, experimentation, and exchange. This helps in building a forum and creating a network of young interdisciplinary artists from various art, architecture, new media, performance, performing arts and design disciplines.


About this edition

In an attempt to include the wider student community and emerging practioners into the Khoj network and to provide a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger artistic community, Khoj launched an artist-residency program for students from different art colleges in India. Peers 2003 was the first of its kind in India consisting of 5 artists from art institutions across India.

2003 saw the first Peers student residency with graduates from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi, J.J School of Art, Mumbai, Central University, Hyderabad, M.S University, Baroda and the Government College of Art, Chandigarh. Peers 2003 was entirely self-funded with assistance from arts organisations such as the Sakshi Gallery, working on a very tight budget.

As a forum that aims to actively push the envelope of contemporary art practice mediated through practices that foreground qualities of experimentation, invention, research and critical debate, KHOJ positions PEERS as a model for practice as research within the ambit of the visual arts. KHOJ provides an opportunity for a diverse group of artists to test their work within a setting that is part public, part private. The residency practices an investigative approach that is open-ended and enigmatic, it celebrates a diverse scene of artists all responding in different ways to each other and to the site/building. A speculative approach to the production of art results in a distinct educational experience which foregrounds improvisation, reworking and allowing room for errors.

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