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ANNOUNCING Awardees for 2017 Bellagio Center Residency

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Ali Cherri, Park Chan-Kyong, Pradip Krishen, Jagath Weerasinghe and Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam as the selected awardees in 2017 for The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency in Bellagio, Italy. These artists have been selected as a result of collaboration Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi, and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. The purpose of this collaboration is to build on the opportunities and visibility for exceptional artists and creative practitioners from across Asia.

It is the mission of The Rockefeller Foundation to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot. The Bellagio Center based in Italy is one such space where boundaries are pushed and great thinkers from all over the world are given a space to imagine, create and form new connections and knowledge systems. The Center is committed to creating an environment that fosters rich cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges.
Khoj International Artists’ Association is a not-for-profit contemporary arts organization based in New Delhi, which provides physical, intellectual and financial support for artists and creative practitioners. In 2015, Khoj was identified by The Rockefeller Foundation as a key arts space within the Asian region, that has the capacity to reach out and expand upon its vast connections and source potential candidates to take part in a unique residency opportunity at the Bellagio Center, in Italy, in 2016.

Cherri Ali, Park Chan-Kyong, Pradip Krishen, Jagath Weerasinghe and Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam have been selected from a pool of over 50 applications, to receive a residency award at Bellagio in 2017. The applications were reviewed by an International Jury of Ute Meta Bauer, Salima Hashmi, Salwa Mikdadi and Geeta Kapur at Khoj, followed by a secondary review by the international jury assembled at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2015 – 16, Khoj invited the Jim Thompson Art Center (Thailand), Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), DRIK (Bangladesh), Zubaan (India), San Art (Vietnam), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Ashkal Alwan (Lebanon), Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), Art Sonje Centre (South Korea) and Cemeti Art House (Indonesia), as institutional partners to nominate key artists, writers, musicians, dancers and other creative practitioners from their regions.

The collaboration between Khoj and The Rockefeller Foundation will continue for a second year 2016 – 18, with a new selection of awardees from across Asia granted residencies in 2018.

For more information about the awardees and their proposed projects, please visit the Khoj website.