Started almost 14 years back by seven like-minded people to promote art, the NGO Khoj has today earned a name for itself in the art circuit, both nationally and internationally. Better known as Khoj International Artists’ Association, the society, which provides a platform for artists to showcase their talent, will be going through a makeover.
“We want Khoj to be a self sufficient space, where artists have high tech media labs, a rich reading room, a residential space, a cafe and above all, an endless experimental space,” says Pooja Sood, director, Khoj.
Sood will be putting for sale the portfolios of the Khoj artists, at the society’s second fundraiser that will take place on November 6 at Gallery Nature. 40 contemporary artists from India and South Asian countries have donated their works for this event. The money generated from this fundraiser will be used for a complete revamp of Khoj Studios at Khirkee Extension in South Delhi.
“It’s a great feeling to see artists coming forward to support a movement that is aimed at benefiting new and young artists,” says Sood. “Also, this event is a great opportunity for young buyers and individuals who are looking to start a collection, as we are offering some fantastic works at great prices,” adds Sood.
Titled, A Gift for Khoj, the fundraiser is divided into three limited edition portfolios. The first one is a photography portfolio that contains 12 original signed prints of photographs by artists such as Anita Dube, Atul Bhalla, Gigi Scaria, and Vivan Sundaram. There are 25 editions in total and each edition is available for Rs. 3 lakhs. The second one includes 11 unique sculptures, each in editions of eight, by artists such as Manisha Parekh, Anjum Singh, Kiran Subbaiah and Sakshi Gupta.
Each sculpture is priced at Rs. 50,000. The third and the last edition is drawing/painting portfolio, containing 18 original drawings/paintings by artists such as Manu Parekh, Sarnath Banerjee and Vasudha Thozur. These are available for Rs. 8 lakhs each. The evening will also see a guitar concert by artist Shyamant Behal.
Talking more about the revamp, Sood says, “We are in the middle of finalising the final architectural design. Once that is done, the project will kick off, and it will carry on for three years. One of the main focus areas among other things is the media lab, which will help artists to use the high-end technology for the cutting edge work that Khoj is known for.”
What is Khoj?
Khoj is an artist-led organisation that sees itself as an incubator for art, ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue in the visual arts. Through their various programmes such as residencies, talks and seminars, they aim to assist and develop various forms of art that include media art, performance, video, environmental, public and community-based art, sound and other experimental modes of cultural production. As a deliberate policy, their core invitees have been from South Asia, which has resulted in the development of an active network of artists in the region.
Catch them here
What: A Gift for Khoj, a fundraiser event
When: November 6
Timing: 5pm onwards
Where: Gallery Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh