Nikhil Chopra, Yog Raj Chitrakar, Memory Drawing VII, Performance, 2009 © Nikhil Chopra
The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and the ifa Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin help to set up relations between people and institutions worldwide. Especially in the ‘connect:’ exhibition series we are working with partners who share our aims in international cultural exchange. There is no institution that better matches with these aims than Khoj International Artists' Association in Delhi.
Khoj is an incubator for art and artistic discourse, a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and intercultural dialogue, a creative place for artistic encounters, for cultural and crosscultural education, a protagonist and key meeting point in a global network. Khoj is an initiative, founded and organised by artists working for artists. Khoj is overcoming borders: More than 500 artists from the whole world have met here since Khoj was founded in 1997.
Pooja Sood, director of Khoj developed an exhibition concept presenting the whole institution with as many different facets as possible. They decided that artists should ‘do the talking’: Bani Abidi, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Nikhil Chopra, Rohini Devasher, Matthias Görlich, Shilpa Gupta and Huma Mulji, Abhishek Hazra, Hema Upadhyay, Sylvia Winkler and Stephan Köperl worked with Khoj and realised photographs, videos, installations, performances or interventions in the public space. The openness and vibrancy of Khoj will be transferred through artists and their works to Stuttgart!
The exhibition is acompanied by a catalogue.