Performance Art 2004
The move towards performance in the contemporary visual arts continues to raise eyebrows and throw up questions about its place in contemporary art practice. The Performance Residency program was curated with the intention of bringing together various practices within ‘performance’ and ‘live art’ to re-energise and redefine the conceptual nature and practice of ‘performance’ in India.
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Given that India boasted a rich and fertile tradition of dance and theater, it is interesting that the move towards performance in the contemporary visual arts had not been a welcome or fluid transition. The 2004 Performance Art Residency at KHOJ explored an art form that continued to raise eyebrows and throw up questions about the nature of contemporary visual art practice. The artists-in-residence from Jakarta, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Amsterdam and Mumbai came from diverse backgrounds, ranging from theatre to studio-based performance. It was an intense period of working together and exploring notions of the body, materials, space, and time.
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