Khoj International Workshop, Goa 2017

In 1997, twenty-two artists came together for the first Khoj workshop, on the outskirts of Delhi at a site in Modinagar.

In 2017, as Khoj turns 20, we are excited to announce our 14th Khoj International Workshop in Goa. Led by a group of emerging Goan artists who identify as the ‘Collective by the Sea’ (Por Mar Collective), 23 artists from all over the world will come together to live and work at one site.

The biennial 15-day workshops are organised by and for artists. The workshops brings together artists from various cultures and backgrounds to reside together and work intensively for two weeks on a common platform: exchanging ideas, encountering varied methods and approaches, and exploring alternative visual expression. The Working group of artists from the hosting city organises, co-ordinates and facilitates all aspects of the workshop, with support and guidance from the Khoj Team in New Delhi. Sharing, interaction, and learning are unstructured and take place in an informal, spontaneous atmosphere. Planned as a hands-on workshop, all participants are expected to contribute and share in the distribution of material, studio space, exhibition, and other activities. The emphasis is on the exchange of ideas and practice between Indian and other international artists.

Goa has seen creative people gravitate to the state, drawn to its natural beauty and rich heritage. The metamorphosis from tourist to art hub has come about through a combination of local interest and an influx of creative minds. Goa’s art and cultural scene has earned it the reputation of being one of India’s most vibrant and fast developing cultural hubs with several international and national festivals and it is only imperative that young and emerging artists are given a platform. The workshop will not only help young artists from Goa to create networks globally but also micro-networks amongst the local community, facilitating larger awareness around art and its significance to the state. An endeavor to create a distinctive space for the Arts, the workshop hopes to bring together artists, curators, art enthusiasts, academics, students and audiences from all walks of life. We hope that the model will continue to bloom (as it has in the other host cities) and take its own course, actively contributing to Arts infrastructure in the state and the large role young artists have to play in its development.

Zarouhie Abdalian (USA), Yang Lu (China),  Francesco Fonassi (Italy, Danushka Marasinghe (Sri Lanka), Asli Cavusoglu (Istanbul), Sergiy Petlyuk (Ukraine), Rasel Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Farhana Marzia (Bangladesh), Nazrin Mammadova (Azerbaijan), Shailesh BR, Sahil Naik, Pranay Dutta, Katyayini Gargi, Parul Gupta, Minam Apang, Gagan Singh, Sahil Naik, Diptej Vernekar Sonatina Mendes, Shilpa Mayenkar, Diptej Vernekar and Bhisaji Gadekar. Rosalyn D’Mello is the critic-in-residence.

Khoj’s flagship project – the International Workshop, which functions as a site specific residency, is being held from 26th of March to the 9th of April 2017 in Goa. The Khoj International Artists workshop has previously been held in multiple locations across India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kashmir, Patna and Pune amongst others and has hosted almost every contemporary Indian artist.

The workshop is being hosted at the Old Pereira House generously made available by Orijit Sen and Gurpreet Sidhu.

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