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art-and-culture Updated: May 21, 2010 19:01 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Neha Thakar is an artist from Baroda who specialises in ice sculptures that melt over time. Rabindra Patra’s expertise lies in putting up huge art installations in public. Agat Sharma from Delhi has a fashion background, Malik Sajad from Kashmir is a cartoonist and Bhavin Mistry makes sculptures with waste electronic stuff. They all have a common mission — to experiment with their art forms.

These artists have been brought together by Khoj International Artists’ Association under the banner of Peers 2010, an annual education and outreach residency programme that brings together graduates from art institutions all over India.

“We encourage these young artists to take risks with their art forms, to experiment, interact and come up with something totally exceptional,” says Latika Gupta, curator, Khoj Studio.

There is also a young art critic at the residency, Vrushali Dhage, who will learn her skills while living with these artists. “It’s important for a critic to have a thorough knowledge of how an artist works and conducts his or her things, so working with the artists in a

residency will give Dhage a better learning experience as an art critic,” adds Gupta.

“It’s a great platform for young artists like us. We all have different specialisations and backgrounds. But this whole experience of getting together will be enriching and I am really looking forward to the end product,” says Agat Sharma, from NIFT, Delhi.

The residency will end with an Open Studio Day from June 11 to June 15 at Khoj Studio, inviting the larger artists’ community and the public to view the Peers projects.