With an aim to continuously and consistently provide for new age art practices, Khoj, a Delhi-based international artists’ organisation, has been organising various
residencies, collaborations, talks and art shows since its inception in 1997. Taking the league forward, Khoj has collaborated with Tate Modern gallery, which is counted as one of the most influential galleries in London. The curatorial collaboration they are coming up with is a show titled, Word. Sound. Power. It will first open in London on July 12 and then will travel to India in January next year.
“The show is about the poetics and politics of voice. It is about looking at the interrelationship between text, language, sound and poetry,” says Khoj’s curator Andi-Asmita Rangari, adding, “The title of the exhibition draws directly from the well known Jamaican band of the 70s by the same name ‘Word Sound and Power’ that has hugely influenced and inspired not only the development of Jamaican and reggae culture, but also that of rights especially the right to freedom of speech, globally.”
The show that is co-curated by Tate’s Loren Hansi Momudu, has a very interesting mix of Indian and international artists with names such as Mithu Sen, Amar Kanwar, Caroline Bergvall and others. “Artists were selected largely based on our research, meetings and conversations with them. Selection was done on the basis of their existing works, as this was one of the guidelines offered by Tate to begin with,” says Rangari.
The exhibition will see around 10 works, which are mostly digital — sound, text and poetry based. A work by filmmaker Amar Kanwar, A Night of Prophecy, 2002,
focuses on the momentum with which the turmoil of political oppression or injustice is articulated through music, poetry and songs. Another artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen presents a newly commissioned work in two parts, Arise & KEST 2013, which subtly weaves together life stories and aspirations of four youngsters experiencing marginalisation at multiple levels across their geographical locations neighbouring Tate, London and Khoj, Delhi. “Each artist has brought forth diverse concerns that voice various issues. It is as much about the forms of text, poetry and music as it is about their political connotations,” says Rangari.