Khoj Dus Tak

Khoj has been based in Khirki Extension for the last ten years, emphasising the process of engagement and exchange. Khoj’s community interaction has emerged out of an extended dialogical and personal synergy of artists and cultural practitioners with the community of Khirki.

Over the years Khoj’s engagement with Khirki – the location, its (often changing) inhabitants and its surrounding areas has given various artists the opportunity to facilitate creative workshops, events, research projects and other participatory activities with different sections of the community. The community program at Khoj has always been led by the Khirki extension community to produce collective visions and ideas about creative and urban development. The dialogue with the community is a continuous process of engagement, withdrawal and intervention; the act of participation that can translate into a process of introspection, evaluation and action, initiating the potential of social transformation.

The year 2012 is also marked by the newly furbished Khoj building. Khoj wishes to open the renovated building by marking its 10 years in Khirki with the festival entitled Khoj Dus Tak. Through various activities, Khoj Dus Tak represents the participatory practices in Khirki where artists and communities have come together to address the visible and invisible transformation in their surroundings. The project consists of an exhibition (in the studios of Khoj and the street in Khirki Extension) of various community based projects done at Khoj as an array of new participatory and interactive projects by artists and the Khirki residents. There are events and projects at various locations in Khirki, which are open to the public, throughout the day on 23, 24 and 25 November 2012. These events feature a cross section of Khirki and have been developed in collaboration with various artists.

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