Workspace at Khoj Studios, New Delhi. Courtesy Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi
Khoj began as a proposition: a space for artists, run by artists. Today, Khoj International Artists’ Association is a registered, autonomous, artist-led organization. Part of the global Triangle Arts Trust, it strives to create an alternative forum for experimentation and exchange within contemporary art practice.
From its modest beginnings as an annual workshop, Khoj has grown into a unique independent space for the incubation of ideas, and a place where vibrant imaginations are nurtured. “Khoj” translates literally in Hindi as “to search” or “to seek.” It has thus created unconventional synapses between art and other disciplines such as science, technology, architecture, and fashion. Khoj is constantly expanding the understanding and development of cutting-edge contemporary art practice in India.
Through a variety of projects including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks, and public and socially engaged practices, Khoj Studios in New Delhi has catalyzed a community of artists into networks across India, and actively developed the South Asian Network for the Arts. Khoj supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists well before they went on to receive international acclaim. More than 200 Indian and 400 international artists from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, the UK, Germany, France, Mexico, and the United States have been through Khoj. The organization facilitates change by engaging artists and audiences in vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability, and public engagement. A vanguard of the vital optimism that is shaping contemporary India, Khoj is creating a legacy for the future.