Open Studio Khirkee: An evening of art, poetry and food

  • Etti Bali, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2016 19:27 IST
(Clockwise from L-R) Writer-translator Akhil Katyal; artists Soghra Khurasani and Hoora Soleimani; an artwork in progress; and artists Simone De Iacobis and Malgorzata Kuciewicz.

What happens when a walk, meets an art exhibition and a poetry reading session? You get an evening of interactive sessions that transgress boundaries of mediums and communities. Organised by Khoj Studios, Open Studio Khirkee is an event, which will include a walk, an art exhibition and an evening of poetry reading.

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“Exhibitions and events of this nature are important as they enable open communication and help bring people out of their homes. It helps them become involved in the process of transformation and communication,” says Sitara Chowfla, curator of the event.

The three-part event will have a walk through Khirkee Village titled Decoding Khirki, which will be conducted by Polish artists Simone De Iacobis and Malgorzata Kuciewicz. They will take people around the village and talk about the architectural diversity of the place. Chowfla says, “Khirkee is one of Delhi’s many urban villages, where malls co-exist with ancient mosques and monuments. This juxtaposition makes for an interesting study.”

The event will also showcase an art exhibition by Iranian artist Hoora Soleimani and Indian-Iranian artist Soghra Khurasani. “My art is about the freedom of expression and thought,” says Soghra, adding, “I have seen Iran and India through different perspectives, and I wanted to showcase these differences.”

Artists Soghra Khurasani (L) and Hoora Soleimani (R) at the studio.

Through her portraits, Hoora has depicted people carrying weights, but in a metaphorical sense. “Through my art, I have portrayed expressions of people bearing physical weights. But by the time you see the final sketch, these weights will be removed. What stays behind are just expressions of being pressurised,” says Hoora.

A couple of portraits by Hoora, that capture the implication of weights that people carry.

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A poetry reading session, by Akhil Katyal, at the studio’s café will conclude the event.

Chowfla says, “We have combined art, walk, food and poetry, to engage as many people as possible.”

What: Open Studio Khirkee
Where: S-17, Khirkee Extension
When: July 20
Timings: 5pm
Nearest Metro Station : Malviya Nagar on Yellow Line

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