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Peers 2009

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

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, and most importantly, a time for exploration and some serious fun.

The participating artists in 2009 were: Shine P Shivan, whose work negotiated the socio-cultural processes causing remasculinisation within the subcontinent and beyond; Kriti Gupta, who looked at the relationship between gender and space, focussing primarily on the domains of the home and the world; Prateek Sagar, whose conceptual artworks dealt with the notion and manifestation of ephemerality; Dorendra Waibam, who attempted to push the boundaries of video art through his practice; and Aliya Pabani, whose work at CEMA (a media lab at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology) had engaged with communities and social patterns using creative technological modes.


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. This rather more speculative approach to the production of art results in a distinct educational experience which foregrounds improvisation, reworking and allowing room for mistakes.



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