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Peers 2011

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

The artists who participated in the 2011 residency were: Muthiah Kasi, a student of visual communication who explored the theme of monotony through his interest in printmaking; Kundo Yumnam, who worked with the creative potential of the Pandora myth in the course of representing the socio-political realities of Manipur; Maripelly Praveen Goud, who experimented with a variety of materials such as crushed printed papers, video, sound and light, while using the studio space at KHOJ; Pallavi Singh, whose work explored the various dimensions of gender and sexuality while questioning the male gaze; and Aarti Sunder, who strove to understand the physical and mental experience/condition of discomfort in human beings through minimal sketches.

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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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