Khoj began as a proposition: a space for artists, run by artists.
From its modest beginnings in 1997 as an annual workshop, it has built an international reputation for outstanding alternative arts incubation. It plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in India, constantly challenging the established thinking about art.
With a focus on building networks, developing alternative pedagogies and learning through collaboration and exchange, Khoj programmes have nurtured vibrant imaginations and created unconventional synapses between art and disciplines such as science, architecture and fashion. Moreover, Khoj facilitates change by encouraging artists and audiences to engage with vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability and community participation.
Though a variety of programmes including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks and community art projects, Khoj has supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists before their international acclaim. Over 200 Indian and 400 International Artists from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, UK, Germany, France, Mexico and America have been through Khoj.
In its uncompromising commitment to supporting creative thinking by building an institutional infrastructure for the production, exhibition and study of contemporary art in India, Khoj is creating a legacy for the future.
Aims and Objectives:
- To actively assist, develop and promote new , investigative and experimental art practice
- To promote discussion, understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts issues and to provide a forum for critical debate
- To encourage and support the production and the exchange of ideas by Indian, south Asian and international artists
- To actively facilitate an informal network of contemporary artists both within the region and abroad
- To develop new and informed audiencesTo support emerging artists and artists from smaller cities and marginalised areas
Khoj International Artists’ Association was established in 1997 and is a registered society under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.