Does a Blue Sky Lie? : Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities 2021

Khoj is happy to announce seven projects by artists, spatial designers and creative practitioners for Does a Blue Sky Lie? : Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities, a project Khoj is undertaking to explore the troubled, toxic ecologies of Delhi’s air.

Depanshu Gola @depanshu.gola and Abhimanyu Singhal @manyu.singhalco-run ‘ Architecture for Dialogue — ’ , a research and design practice pushing the boundaries of architecture across physical and digital mediums. Along with Salil Parekh ,a design researcher, the group will adopt a spatial lens to study air pollution.

Sharbendu De @de.sharbendu (b. 1978, India) is a lens-based artist, academic and a writer. His project, An Elegy for Ecology engages in a speculative exercise to think through how our near-future in an oxygen-depleted world may look like.

Nitin Bathla’s @nitinbathla ‘Do buy the blue sky’ is an immersive and performative mobile installation which attempts to critically engage with the real estate transformation of Delhi’s agrarian hinterlands and their links with air toxicity.

Hues of Blue, by Analina Sanyal , in partnership with ThinkArts @thinkartsforchildren , seeks to work across india with youth collaborators, to examine how there can be multiple different skies experiencing the same environmental and ecological crises.

Bhagwati  Prasad @bbhaggu is a self taught artist, and works with drawing and performance. His work Breath; Perseverance; Courage uses the word “dum” as its starting point to create connections and relationalities, finally culminating in a community-based drawing exercise.

Achia Anzi @achiaanzi will explore the relation between capitalism, air pollution and the gradual privatization of our commons.

Visual Respiration , India’s first immersive theatre company, founded in 2012 by Aruna Ganesh Ram @arunaganeshram in collaboration with Aditya Garg will create an immersive experience that sees human bodies in a constant dialogue with the paths and movement of air.

Does a Blue Sky Lie? : Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities has been supported by the Prince Claus Fund @princeclausfund

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