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The Khirkee Storytelling Project

The Khirkee Storytelling Project is a long term community art project of self-expression and communication through the medium of Digital Storytelling. Led by community architect Swati Janu and supported by Khoj International Artists’ Association in Delhi, the project builds on Janu’s community engagement as a resident artist at the Coriolis Effect ‘Migration and Memory’ residency 2016. 

Over the course of 2017, it aims to create a collective narrative within the culturally diverse community of regional and international migrants in Khirkee Extension, Delhi. The project uses the existing low tech and informal modes of media sharing in Indian cities through phone memory cards at a phone recharge shop run on a weekly basis. It aims to build a hyper-local network of media exchange over time through media created by/with the community, ranging from personal stories to performances, recorded by the participants on their phone cameras and shared at the phone shop. 

The project explores the development of representative and inclusive channels that could give a voice to the marginalized and provide a platform for mediation between those divided along lines of ethnicity, gender or religion. It involves various collaborators who are engaging with the local community to foster social cohesion and creativity. Watch this space as it populates with the community-created media over the year!

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