Coriolis Effect: Migration and Memory

OPEN STUDIO: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Thursday 29 September, 2016 at Khoj Studios

The work will remain on view till Monday, Oct 3rd (11 AM – 7 PM, Sunday Closed)


Coriolis Effect: Migration and Memory | International Residency 16 August – 4 October 2016

Coriolis Effect is an ongoing project at Khoj which seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa. Coriolis Effect not only uses the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared exchanged by Indians and Africans from the 1st century AD onwards.

This project was grown out of a response to the negations and spaces of encounter visible in Khoj’s neighborhood of Khirkee Village; a dense urban- village environment in New Delhi that is home to a stream of immigrants from within the Indian Subcontinent, as well as from nations across the Global South. People move here seeking education, access to healthcare, opportunities for employment, political asylum or simply a new beginning. Arrival is often accompanied by tension and experiences of discrimination based on race and social difference. This moment is not exceptional to the experience of entering Khirkee as an outsider, but is indicative of a greater universal encounter.

Migration and Memory

In this past year at Khoj, we have been deeply contemplating Migration – the voluntary or involuntarily movement of peoples from one place to another. Globally, we have borne witness to the forced displacement of thousands of people from their homelands, and locally we have first hand experienced the trauma of re-location. We are caught in a paradoxical moment in which we witness growing religious extremism and intolerance towards difference, while simultaneously experiencing an abandonment of traditional definitions of community and inherent culture.  We are also extremely interested in the formation of memory – both individual and collective. We invite artists to look back at the past and comprehend the present. What happens to your identity when you lose your place of belonging? What are memories of home and place that you carry with you? How does the collective memory inform a sense of belonging?

In light of these global phenomenons, the 2016 Coriolis Effect will focus on Migration and Memory. Through this project, we are also interested to activate conversation around topics of trade & labour flow, language & musicscapes, informal communities, asylums and voyages in the context of India and Africa.


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