Khoj 1997 (Modinagar)

Khoj’s first International Artist Workshop functioned as an experimental art laboratory under an autonomous, open ended organisation led by artists for artists.

By bringing together artists from different parts of the country, sub-continent and the world, a co-operative and non-hierarchical work situation was established; critical dialogue, exchange and the transference of information and skills took place as an intensely live experience.

Twenty two artists participated in the workshop, ten international and twelve Indian artists. The workshop was conducted at Modinagar, approximately 55 kms from Delhi.  Modinagar a town that has grown around a group of industries founded by the late Gujarmal Modi in the Nehruvian days of independent India. Sikribagh, the venue for the Khoj workshop, is an old bunglow built in a quasi-colonial style, amidst acres of land, mango trees and a pond, it was a refuge from the decaying industrial city. This space was generously offered to Khoj for the workshop by SK Modi, Sikribagh continued to be used as a workshop site for many years to come.

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