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Peers 2004

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.

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About this edition

Based on the success of the first student’s residency Peers 2003, KHOJ  re-launched another edition of the student residency in May 2004. MFA students from Delhi, Chennai, Baroda, Mumbai, Shantiniketan  participated.

Two artist statements given below testify to the space of creative exploration opened up by the residency.

“At the studio, the space was very interesting to work with. The creepers surrounding the building, the trees with honeycomb, and wall corners with tiny spider webs were inspiring and I took images from them for my work.” – Benitha Perciyal

“During the Peers 2004 residency, besides interacting with fellow peers, getting to know each other’s views,…and getting in touch with the artist community in Delhi, I did four works using the book format…” – Sujoy


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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