PEOPLE AT KHOJ

DIRECTOR

Pooja Sood

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 – February 2019 )

Sood lives and works in New Delhi.

 

CURATORIAL & PROGRAMME

Manjiri Dube

Manjiri Dube is a Program Manager at Khoj leading its three-year-long multi-city socially-engaged art project Peripheries & Crossovers: art as social practice. She has worked at Khoj between 2012- 2014, where she conceptualised and executed the Food Residency Ed. (III), and managed  We Are Ours: A Collection of Manifestos for the Instant (Himali Singh Soin), Deep Time (Rohini Devasher), Residual (Anpu Varkey) and Word. Sound. Power. – a curatorial collaboration between Tate Modern and Khoj. Manjiri has a Masters in Politics and International Relations from the University of Warwick, UK, and has worked in the social sector with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi. Subsequently, she went on to work on a social marketing campaign targeting various ethnicities across the UK  with Here&Now365 in London. Through the socially-engaged art projects supported by Khoj, Manjiri is committed to initiating conversations and exploring collaborative frameworks that bring artists and civil society organisations together to establish the value of art-based interventions in addressing cultural norms and narratives around gender and urbanisation. Manjiri is passionate about her workouts and believes in mindful living. From October-February she obsesses over Delhi’s alarming AQI levels and strategizes on ways to counter it.

 

Niyati Dave

Niyati Dave is a Program Manager at Khoj and was the Critic in Residence for Khoj Peers: 2019. She studied Art History and Museum Studies at Smith College, USA. At various points between 2013-2015, she was a curatorial intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an archaeological volunteer at the Ancient Agora of Athens, Greece and a research intern at the Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In 2015, she won a travel grant to conduct research about place-making, collective memory, the act of pilgrimage and the aesthetics of tourism in Shikoku and Koyasan, Japan. After returning to India, she was part of the Urban Fellows Programme at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, which supplemented her interest in public art and urbanism with questions of citizenship, access and governance. Before joining Khoj, she was the Communications Officer at the Centre for Policy Research for the Tacit Urban Research Network, a project collaboratively conducting research on urban informality. A common thread running through her career has been the act of communicating complex ideas in an accessible manner. At Khoj, she is committed to deploying that principle to use creative and affective interventions that help disrupt our collective complacency about the spaces we occupy and the knowledge systems that govern them.

 

Indranjan Banerjee

Indranjan Banerjee is a Junior Program Manager at Khoj; they joined Khoj as a Fellow in July 2019. They are interested in the body, performance, affect, gender, desire, textiles and food, deliberation on which inform most of their writings. Critical writing for them is a tool to engage closely with various practices and their processes, a skill that they started honing during their undergraduate studies in literature at Shiv Nadar University. Having engaged in dance and movement practice earlier in their career has also informed their writing and ruminations on performance. Their work with cultural institutions like Khoj, ProHelvetia New Delhi, Gati Dance Forum, and Oddbird Theatre and Foundation, has broadened their exposure to various artistic and curatorial practices. 

 

Alina Tiphagne

Alina Tiphagne is the Media & Communications Manager at Khoj. Growing up in a household with two social activists, Alina started photographing stories on land rights, bonded labour, caste discrimination, tribal settlements along the Nilgiris and the Western Ghats, political demonstrations and development programs. Alina’s work has been published by Amnesty International, The News Minute and Telepolis (Germany). Alina has a Masters in Journalism from Cardiff University, UK. She worked for CNN-News18 from 2013 to 2016 as a news editor, writing scripts and packaging stories for the channel. She returned to Madurai to build her first darkroom, which was soon turned into a community darkroom with several analogue photographers adopting the space and contributing to its maintenance. She travelled to several community welfare schools and tribal schools in the year 2016 – 2017 and photographed human rights education programs initiated by the central government in collaboration with gender rights activists and experts to counter female infanticide, gender bias, stereotypes and discrimination. She graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York in 2019 and continues to work on long-term documentary projects on family, gender and urbanisation. Alina lives and works in New Delhi and New York.

 

Saloni Anand

Saloni Anand is a Commerce graduate from Delhi University and holds a degree in the German Language from Max Mueller Bhavan. Having started her career in the IT solutions publishing space with Aptara, she moved onto work with the German Book Office, New Delhi, which is an office of the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. In her role there, she not only managed events and programmes within India but also overseas. Post the GBO, Saloni also managed projects for the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia New Delhi, working for a Literature project – Long Night of LiteratureS. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of arts and culture management with her core skills being programme management, budget planning, vendor management, venue management, and ensuring operational efficiencies.

In 2019 she has joined Khoj as a Project Coordinator and is also handing the ATSA project.

ADMINISTRATION AND ACCOUNTS

V.P. Manoj

Manoj is working as an accountant and administration officer at Khoj.  He holds a graduation degree from the University of Delhi. He loves his work, family & football.

Laxmi Devi

Laxmi Devi works as a Junior accounts and administration officer at Khoj. She holds a Master’s in M.Com from Ignou University and B.Com (H) From Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (DU). In her free time, she loves to cook.

MEDIA & PRODUCTION

Suresh Pandey

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 the 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.

Ashif Khan

Ashif Khan works as an assistant media & Production Coordinator at Khoj. He is a  B’boy

SUPPORT STAFF

Arun Chhetri
Manohar Bhengra

 

KHOJ CANTEEN

Rajesh Gupta, Cafe Manager, Canteen

Rajesh manages everything at Khoj Canteen. From overseeing stock levels and managing budgets to ensuring a happy and welcoming cafe environment, Rajesh is a highly experienced and hardworking individual. Previously, he worked in Team Operations at the DLF Mall Food Court in Saket for 8 years.

Kanchan Devi, Head Chef, Canteen

Kanchan Devi loves to cook and try out new dishes. She has a knack of grasping recipes easily and can dish up a meal in a matter of hours. She was working at a school canteen for 3 years prior to working at KHOJ.

Karma, Utility person, Canteen

Karma is responsible for the cleanliness of the canteen and serving guests. He also helps out in the kitchen by chopping vegetables etc. Prior to working at KHOJ, he was working as a domestic help. He loves to play football and go on cycle rides.

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