Activating Space : A Sculptural Enquiry

Khoj International Artists’ Association


Activating Space : A Sculptural Enquiry

Exhibition: April 24 to May 15, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sundays closed) at Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi – 110017

Opening: Thursday, April 23, 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm at Khoj Studios

Gagan Singh
Lleah Smith & James Gatt
Pooja Iranna
Priyamwada Singh
Samrudh Dixit
Sanket Jadia
Shaily Gupta & Henri Fanthome
Sikan Kumar Panda
Teja Gavankar

Exhibition Overview:
Activating Space at the core is interested in the awakening of Khoj as a physical architectural site, stimulating a multi-sensory experience between the artwork and the structural form it occupies. Play, light, colour, shape, size and unusual materialities become interesting points of departure to intervene with the white shell of Khoj.
Since its refurbishment in 2013,the exterior of the Khoj building, its courtyard, terrace as well as various nooks and crannies have the potential to be explored by artists. Activating Space invites the most unusual, unique and bizarre materials into Khoj to permeate the exterior space and explore realms which otherwise can go by un-noticed. No interior studio or project space will be used in the installation of this exhibition.
Activating Space is about the search for innovative materiality and experimental ideas which dissect and occupy space in an interesting and unconventional way.
Khoj has chosen seven individual artists and two art collectives to use its pre-existing architecture/facade to sculpturally investigate the form and the site, to ignite a sense of discovery and wonder and to find an interesting dialogue between the two forms. Elements of exploration, disguise, and emphasis are all equally at play as artists are encouraged to explore the divisions of subtly and strength and harmony and contrast in the work and the building.
Activating Space is also a unique new program that departs from the specific, thematic orientation of most of the other residencies and exhibitions organised by Khoj. It invites sculptors, architects, visual artists and other creative practitioners to engage with Khoj within the loose and accommodative rubric of site-specificity.

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