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Colourful convergence

KHOJ 2003 was an expression of art without boundaries

THE GOOD run of art goes on without a respite in the City! After the Kala Mela and a host of individual and group shows, the city is now in the midst of the much talked about Bangalore Habba. Alongside, the seventh edition of KHOJ, an international art workshop involving two-dozen artists from India and abroad, is in progress — in relative peace and tranquillity. Incidentally, this is the first time that the City has been chosen to play host to KHOJ.

KHOJ International Artists Workshop, an autonomous, artist-led, registered society, based in New Delhi, was established in 1997.

Its objectives include encouraging experiments in artistic possibilities by providing a conducive environment to stimulate artistic exploration, widening and strengthening vital new links and networks with artistic communities in Africa, the Asia-Pacific Rim, our neighbouring countries and Euro-America and, fostering a climate of debate within the public realm about diverse art practices stemming from artists with varied cultural backgrounds. An event for, by, and of the artist community, KHOJ aims at bringing about an artist-to-artist interaction and collaboration, and facilitate a creative and harmonious communion, among them. In the process, it aims at breaking down the barriers and barricades of colour, caste, and sex, and diffuses the natural and man-made geographical boundaries. Through its annual workshops, residencies, and exchange programmes, KHOJ has, over the years, actively built connections between artists and artist communities across South Asia, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and other regions. The first five annual workshops were held in Modinagar, New Delhi, while the sixth one had moved southwards, to the city of Mysore in 2002. KHOJ 2003 has been organised by the artists of Bangalore in collaboration with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, between December 6 and 21. The 12 Indian artists (of which six are from Bangalore, and one from Hassan) are working with a like number from overseas.

As the cool filtering winter sunshine inundates the lawns and galleries in the Venkatappa precincts, one could find some of these artists sketching their lines and ideas, while others look for appropriate places to design, construct, and ensconce their site-specific installations. Over the two-week period, the artists are going to engage themselves — individually and collectively — in a variety of contemporary art forms and media — be it, painting, sculpture, installations, video, performance, and other modes of interactive art. The outcome of their efforts would be thrown open for public viewing on December 20-21 at the Venkatappa Art Gallery.


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