KHIRKEE KI KHOJ

PUBLIC & COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS


KHOJ INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS' ASSOCIATION
NEW DELHI, INDIA
2005 - 2007
 
Collaboration, Community Art, Community Engagement, Community Outreach, Locality, Social Art, Social Change, Urban Landscape, Experimentation, Refabrication, School Art Program, Urban Landscape, Intervention, Public Art, Urban Market, Urban Politics, Digital Technology, Gender Politics, Public Space, Social Art, Social Welfare, Space, Urban Women, Art Education, Collaboration, Contemporary Politics, Cross-Cultural Exchange, Interactive Art, Participatory Art, Site Specific Art, Social Art

The edges of Delhi are expanding. Many of the congested working-class colonies inhabited for generations by rural migrants have now been submerged into the core of a rapidly mutating metropolitan landscape.

The local communities in the neighbourhood of Khirki Village, along with nearby Hauz Rani are a part of this sprawling, congested, un-authorised colony of Khirki Extension in South Delhi. The world of informal labour is essentially kept very private in Khirki and is dependent on a very particular kind of regional affiliation, which operates within its own set of pragmatic norms and is fairly sequestered. Like millions of other tiny and apparently inconsequential sites all over the third world, the Khirki Village is continually manipulated by global market forces as well as the unyielding pressures of urban development. The efforts of migrant workers in such sites are appropriated, recycled and reshaped repeatedly to satisfy the voracity of the profit motive and the long chain of its obvious as well as hidden beneficiaries.

Khirkee still retains a strong though vestigial aura of its origins despite now being fully assimilated into the city in every sense. Within the narrow two or three-storey buildings with small windows and doors, open spaces take the forms of balconies and staircases that angle into the lanes and courtyards. A primary social space is created through cots drawn together in the lane and pushed back when needed to allow vehicles through. Locality women are generally dominated by male family members at home, and in terms of accessing public space are restricted to street corners, parks and shops in their own neighbourhoods.

Khirkee ki Khoj - are community based collaborative art projects, which strive to create accessible spaces that generate interactive dialogues with the Khirkee community. The site-specific projects will be viewed all along the street to Khoj.

ARTISTS/COLLABORATORS FOR THE COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS

AASTHA CHAUHAN, ROHINI DEVASHER, SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, GAURI GILL, SAKSHI GUPTA, RAM BALI CHAUHAN, SATYA SAI, SIMRIN MEHRA, MANIL GUPTA, VINIMA GULATI,


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