Khoj is a not-for-profit organization started in 1997 by a group of artist in Delhi, which has become an independent space that runs a variety of programmes including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks, and community art projects. Khoj curates residencies for national and international artists, giving them a platform to experiment on unconventional means to create new possibilities of art and reach out to public spaces. Khoj has hosted International artists from Various countries such as as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, UK, Germany, France, Mexico and the US. Khoj activitly works on INCONTEXT PUBLIC ART ECOLOGY facilitating change by engaging artists and audiences in vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability and public engagement.
‘Negotiating Routes’ is a site-based series of projects that look at issues of ecology, society and community. The projects combine research and art making by artists and local communities which address the visible and invisible transformations currently taking place in their immediate environments. The project encourages the archiving of local knowledge and mythologies about various ecologies like the flora, fauna, home remedies, stories and folktales, whilst also encouraging a dialogue between the artist and the community through different projects. Another INCONTEXT PUBLIC ART ECOLOGY that Khoj dwell into was Bhogi/Rogi(Consumption/Disease) which was an interactive installation at a mall in Delhi. It offered the viewers an experience of themselves as constituted and transformed by what they consumed – food, goods, words.
There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts.
John F. Kennedy