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In an era of fast paced digital innovation and with an ever increasing focus on technologically advanced equipment and high-end sophisticated gadgets, Shifting Focus aspired to extend the space of the medium to reaffirm the intuitive nature of photographs.
About this programme
Moving ahead from the age-old debates of whether photography can be termed as ‘art’ at all and the photographer an ‘artist’, photography has found its rightful place in the dominant perception of the contemporary art scenario in 2010. In an era of fast-paced digital innovation and with an ever increasing focus on technologically advanced equipment and high-end sophisticated gadgets, Shifting Focus aspired to extend the space of this medium to reaffirm the intuitive nature of photographs. Envisioning its role as an experimental space to foster alternative ideas, artistic exchange, and dialogue, the residency aimed to assist and facilitate a deviant discourse on photography, away from the ‘mainstream’ towards that of the ‘alternative’.
In pursuit of alternative photographic processes, Shifting Focus investigated the potential of the image, while exploring varied and often untried means of making images. Shifting Focus promoted the freedom to shift focus from conventional image-making methodologies to that of discovery and exploration through the practice of imagination and skill. The residency brought into focus that which escapes and eludes the ultimate camera obscura – the human eye, almost revealing a parallel universe to us in the process.
Rahaab Allana, Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi, was the mentor for the artists-in-residence.
During this residency, Goa-Centre for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) visual artists P Madhavan and Edson Dias “sought to use the pinhole camera as performance, installation, image-making, and as research into the conversation between object, space, movement, and time.” Mansi Bhatt undertook an explorative journey into the unknown and faced the challenges therein. Equipped with her camera, she hoped “to confront the dark and the fear of the unknown, being able to break it apart, survive through and endure while being responsive to the surroundings and people around and with minimum manipulation.” Astro-photographer Ajay Talwar aspired to undertake work that would essentially form a bridge between science and art. By bringing photographers and artists together from diverse backgrounds and art practices Shifting Focus attempted to create a unit of shared experience through an exciting exchange of ideas and technical skill. The residency aimed to cultivate a broader, more inclusive perception of photography in the realm of art.
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…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities A Staged Hearing
Conceived by Khoj International Artists’ Association and Zuleikha Chaudhari, in collaboration with lawyer Harish Mehla; ‘In the matter Re: Rights of Nature’ is a staged hearing which foregrounds the Rights of Nature as an expansion of the Right to Life as enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Following on from an earlier project, Landscape As Evidence: Artist As Witness which was…
28th Parallel North – An Expeditionary Weather Station
Formed in response to the climate emergency, the World Weather Network is a constellation of weather stations set up by 28 arts agencies around the world and an invitation to look, listen, learn, and act. For Khoj’s Weather Station, artists and researchers Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani, Atul Bhalla, Mithu Sen and Raqs Media Collective are undertaking walks and treks…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities Cafe Classroom
As an arts space, Khoj is constantly grappling with modes of knowledges across disciplines. Our curatorial approach strongly emphasises learning as praxis, accepting our role as trying to forge together new entry points into the thematics that interest us. Over the course of researching Does the Blue Sky Lie?, we realised the need to relearn what we know about the…
Khoj x TBA21 on St_age The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan
The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan is a six-part sequential exploration with sound, voice, and moving images. Conceptualized in the wake of auto-generated toxicities that swarm in the air, this artwork attempts to spend some time with the question of being in common with ‘our’ atmosphere. It is also an exploration in not forgetting that there exist radically different ways of…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities Exhibition
The Does the Blue Sky Lie? exhibition brings together works by Abhishek Hazra, Architecture for Dialogue + Salil Parekh, Hanna Husberg, Thukral and Tagra, Pradip Saha, Saraab (Shahana Rajani, Omer Wasim), and Sharbendu De. Engaging with questions of being in “common” with our atmosphere, the works delve into the effects of extractive infrastructures on landscapes, the hubris of technocratic solutions…
Khoj x TBA21 on St_age Safarnama
A sound piece tracing the textures and toxicities of air. Invoking the presence of jinns to explore the textures and toxicities of air, Safarnama (2020) activates natural and sacred worlds to pay attention to the intimacy of toxic colonialisms. Borrowing its name from and referencing the history of travel literature produced in the Islamic world, Safarnama traces the journey of…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities air expo 22
Come BREATHE with us Come LIVE with us Come ADOPT a piece of the sky with us Come PLAY with us Come IMAGINE a future with us Masks. Air Purifiers. Anti-Smog Guns. Smog Towers. Wearable Ion Generating Purifiers. Techno-scientific innovations are seen as the most desirable solutions for toxic airs by a neoliberal society. The first episode of Does the…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities 2019-2022
“Can man live elsewhere than in air?” – Luce Irigray Air is the site of “smell, breath, wind, weather, air conditioning, air pollution, science, sound, oxygen, smoking —the tactility of the atmosphere.” – Timothy Choy To live in New Delhi is to be in constant and intimate communion with toxicity— being marked in a bodily way by where you live…
Indoor-Outdoor: Dancewalks with Foofwa d’Imobilité
INDOOR DANCEWALKS – RETROPERSPECTIVES AND VOYAGE 4 December 2019, at 6PM The indoor Dancewalk is a paradox that will be an initiation to the outdoor Dancewalk. The local and indoor Dancewalk let’s one apprehend with intimacy, the freedom of traveling through dance, in body and spirit, but within enclosed space(s). It is also an analytical and historical account of the…
MONITOR 13 : Dance on my head and scratch my heart
MONITOR 13: Dance on my head scratch my heart invites the viewer to consider the indecipherable traces and charges of the past. It is an invitation to dance to the meditative, moving images in the program. Through letters, biographies, surfaces, sounds and architectures, the curators have assembled the films to gesture not only towards things lost and hidden along the…