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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
PEERS is a 4-week residency program for recent graduates from art colleges across India, initiated with support from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), which provides an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. The PEERS program hopes to create a regular forum for experimentation, development, and critique within an alternative educational framework.
PEERS 2006 brought together a diverse group of students from across the country onto a common platform, that works to provide an opportunity for open knowledge sharing within the group and the community. In the 2006 residency, the participants professed a wide range of creative interests, beginning from Atul Mahajan (Baroda) whose interactive works would be incomplete without the viewer’s participation; Atanu Pramanik (Santiniketan) who had trained as a printmaker but had begun moving into the realm of installation and mixed media; Lalit Bhartiya (Delhi), a sculptor from Jamia Millia Islamia who worked with metal rods twisted into ribbed human forms, to Surabhi Saraf (Ahmedabad), a painter whose background in classical Hindustani music and Kathak had led her naturally into audio-video installation works with a strong sense of performance and Thara Thomas (Bangalore) whose interest in shifting the boundary between public and private had led to an exploration of the relevance of art in public spaces.
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.
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…
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. In 2022, the Peers residents visited the studios of artists Martand Khosla, Thukral and Tagra,…
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…
The artists invited for the 2014 Peers residency were: Sangita Maity, whose work continued to investigate the lives of labourers through video and photo; Amshu Chukki, whose practice involved looking at workers and their craft as well as the spaces they engender and occupy; Ragini Bhow, a sculptor and performance artist whose interest lay in creating a site-specific performance endemic…
For Peers 2013, five artists fresh out of college along with a critic worked together at KHOJ Studios to develop their creative practice. The artists this year experimented with a diverse range of creative practices, beginning from Parag Sonarghare, who undertook intimate engagements with inanimate objects in the course of interrogating performance and performativity, Pratik Bhattacharya who inserted several unconventional…
The Peers Student Residency is a platform, initiated with support from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), that provides an invaluable opportunity for exchange and dialogue. The artists invited for Peers 2011 represented a wide cross section of geographies and disciplines. For four weeks, five young artists spent time working and living together. It was a time for interaction, collaboration,…
The Peers Student Residency is a platform, initiated with support from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), that provides an invaluable opportunity for exchange and dialogue. The artists invited for Peers 2009 represented a wide cross section of geographies and disciplines. For four weeks, five young artists spent time working and living together. It was a time for interaction, collaboration,…
Peers is a four week residency programme at KHOJ International Artists’ Association that provides recent graduates and masters students from various art and design institutes across the country an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community. It also hopes to create a network of students…
The Peers Student Residency is a platform, initiated with support from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), that provides an invaluable opportunity for exchange and dialogue. The artists invited for Peers 2005 represented a wide cross section of geographies and disciplines. For four weeks, five young artists spent time working and living together. It was a time for interaction, collaboration,…
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…
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
The ongoing global health crisis has ruptured the functioning of both individuals and institutions. At this difficult time, Khoj International Artists’ Association is invested in identifying and responding to the needs of the primary communities it serves. To honour our longstanding commitment to young artists and supporting art practice at a time which poses unprecedented challenges, Khoj announced the Khoj…
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…
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…