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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
Every summer, five artists along with a critic work at the KHOJ studios for the duration of the Peers residency. This programme enables young artists to shed the expectations and rigidity of a structured curriculum, helping them to work together in a discursive space that stresses the role of free experimentation and risk-taking in art practice. Peers is supported by the India Foundation of the Arts, Bengaluru.
The artists for the 2010 edition were: Rabindra Patra, whose art engages with the notion of power through a variety of materials; Bhavin Mistry, who worked on a sound and video installation meditating upon the claustrophobia of constricted living spaces in urban India; Malik Sajad, now the acclaimed author of Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir, whose art evocatively renders the realities of life in his tortured homeland; Agat Sharma, who attempted to understand the city and its relationship to consumption through his interdisciplinary practice during the residency; and Neha Thakar whose innovative work was shaped by her visits to the perfume shops in Old Delhi and her evolving conceptions of research.
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 speculative approach to the production of art results in a distinct educational experience which foregrounds improvisation, reworking and allowing room for mistakes.
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,…
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.…
For Peers 2007, five artists fresh out of college along with a critic worked together at KHOJ Studios to develop their creative practice. These artists were Uma Ray, whose work reflects on the journey of an individual exploring the self within as well as without, Prathap Modi who works with large woodcuts and plays with the psychological mindset of the…
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,…
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 Residency 2011
The second in its series, this residency resulted in a set of three exhibitions, collectively entitled Augmenting Practices at KHOJ, which served as the nodal centre facilitating curatorial practice in the visual arts. The curators for this residency were selected by a jury comprising of Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Pooja Sood. Exhibition 1. Elusive Truth, Evolving Medium: Evaluating Contemporary Political Documentary, Curated…
International Workshop Mysore 2002
In 2002, the KHOJ International Workshop was held in Mysuru, recognised as the cultural capital of South India. The shift to the south was more than one of location; after the successful completion of the KHOJ International Workshop held in 2001, a process of introspection followed at the end of which the working group felt that despite the organisational and…