PEOPLE AT KHOJ
KHOJ GOVERNING BOARD
Anita Dube, Founding Member
Bharti Kher, Founding Member, Chairperson
Manisha Parekh, Founding Member
Pooja Sood, Founding Member, Director
Subodh Gupta, Founding Member
Pooja Sood is a founding member and Director of Khoj International Artists’ Association which is an autonomous, not for profit society committed to experimentation and exchange in the visual arts in India.. Under her stewardship, Khoj has grown from an annual event in 1997 to a small but vibrant building based institution which plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in India and South Asia.As Director of Khoj, she has worked actively to build a robust network of experimental spaces across south Asia resulting in the South Asian Network for the Arts ( SANA). Pooja Sood’s contribution has been in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices in India as well as exploring different models of collaboration and institution building in India and South Asia.
Amongst other projects, she was Artistic Director and curator of 48C. Public Art. Ecology ( 2007-2008), the first public art project in India which commissioned 25 art projects by renowned Indian and international artist across 10 public sites in New Delhi. She was Curator of the Apeejay Media Gallery ( 2002-2007), the first dedicated space for new media art in India as well as Curator /Director for the Eicher Gallery( 1994-1998) , New Delhi.
Sood has served on several international juries, most recently being the IAPA award of the Institute of Public Art, Shanghai ( 2014) , the Asia Pacific Breweries Signature prize hosted by the Singapore Art Museum ( 2014-15)and the Korean Art prize, Seoul ( 2013). She is a Patron of the international organisation More Europe( 2009-) . She is also a member of the Steering Group Committee on Arts Management for the Government of India( 2014-).
She is a Chevening scholar for the Clore Leadership Programme, UK ( 2009-2011). Pooja Sood has recently been appointed as Director General of the Jawahar Kala Kendra a multidisciplinary cultural space in Jaipur. ( November 2015 – )
Sood lives and works in New Delhi.
CURATORIAL & PROGRAMME
Sitara Chowfla is a curator, arts manager and researcher. She has been with Khoj since 2013, and now works in the capacity of Curator & Sr. Program Manager. Her key responsibilities include researching, conceptualising and facilitating the major projects of the organisation, including exhibitions, residencies and international collaborative projects. Sitara is also actively involved in the organisations’ development, including major fundraisers and grant management projects. She is the editor for several of the organisations’ publications, including the semi-annual newsletter, Khoj Khabar. Previously, Sitara worked as a Curatorial Intern for the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. She was also the curator-in-residence at the RE:Directing East program at the Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Poland. Sitara holds a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. She is an avid traveller, cook and amateur designer.
Mario works as a Curator and Programs Manager at Khoj. He holds a Master’s in Art History and Aesthetics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and a BA in Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. Outside of work, he is a researcher and game theorist working on an ongoing series of papers on Virtual Reality and Art Video Games in the Global South. His interests include Food Politics, Gender, Feminism and Fiction.
Radha is a member of the Khoj curatorial and program team and focuses on the community-based projects and outreach of the organisation. She is a film maker and has graduated from Srishti School of Art and Design. Her interdisciplinary approach to art-making spans sectors and guides her interactions with the community. Her interests include food, feminism and travelling.
Mila Samdub, Khoj Fellow February – July, 2017
Mila Samdub studied creative writing at a small college in upstate New York. He has interests like (hugging) trees, food, borderlands, and typography.
MEDIA & PRODUCTION
Suresh Pandey serves as a Media & Production Coordinator at Khoj since June 2014. He is responsible for overseeing production and installation of work along with the program team, assisting artists with execution of their work , and the audio and video documentation of various programs at Khoj. Suresh has also been a great support to KHOJ prior to June 2014 as a program intern.
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE
Manoj is working as an accountant and administration officer at Khoj , He holds a graduation degree from University of Delhi. He loves his work , family & football.
Adil AKhtar Rahmani graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia with a Bachelors of Science. He has been working with Khoj International Artists Association from 2010 as an assistant Administration & Accounts Officer. He actively participates in and facilitates community and educational outreach programmes at Khoj in full enthusiastic manner. Adil’s hobbies include making different music.
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