Peripheries & Crossovers: Art as Social Practice – 2021/22

Khoj is delighted to announce the start of three new projects as part of Peripheries & Crossovers: art as social practice. The participants for this year are The Confluence Collective, City Sabha and Swati Janu ( Social Design Collaborative @socialdesigncollaborative ). The projects started earlier this year but seeing how devastating the last two months have been, we did not get a chance to share this news. Community engagement, collaborative work and travel were hugely impacted due to the severity of the second wave of COVID-19 across India and socially engaged practice relies heavily on this. The participants deserve a special mention for their resilience and resolute efforts in reimagining their creative process and continuing with their practice despite the challenges.

For the year 2021, the Confluence Collective @theconfluencecollectivewill work with migrant women in the informal sector to bring out stories from the North East. They are looking at how ethnography and art interventions, and especially visual storytelling, can together inform a participatory and gender-responsive policy framework.

City Sabha @citysabha aims to work with resource-poor women vendor groups in various locations across New Delhi who have been impacted by spatial injustice, to re-imagine, reclaim and co-create their places of work and an environment of dignity and safety for them.

Swati Janu’s @swatijanu year-long engagement will focus on rights based advocacy with the women of Yamuna Khadar to rethink their collective imaginations of the city and question whose rights are protected in the cities, and whose eroded.

Now in its third year, Peripheries & Crossovers is supporting twelve socially engaged projects across India with the hope to affect cultural shifts to counter gender-based injustice and address issues around urbanisation. Through these diverse participatory and creative methods Khoj continues to map the landscape of socially engaged art practice in India, with the aim to archive and amplify voices from South Asia and contribute to the global discourse.

Peripheries & Crossovers is supported by the Ford Foundation

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