Khoj presents 'Peers 2014' a group art exhibition by six young artists at KHOJ International Artists' Association, S-17, Khirkee Extension > 11am-7pm on 19th to 22nd June 2014

Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 19-06-2014 11:00:00 22-06-2014 19:00:00 68 Khoj presents 'Peers 2014' a group art exhibition by six young artists Event Page : KHOJ International Artists' Association, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017 DD/MM/YYYY  - Exhibition on View

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Place : KHOJ International Artists' Association, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017
Area : Saket

Event Description : Khoj International Artists’ Association presents 'Peers 2014' a group show bringing together artworks by six recent art graduates and post graduates from all over India – Amshu M.S, Diptej Vernekar, Dheer Kaku, Ragini Bhow, Sanket Jadia and Sangita Maity.

This is the eleventh edition of the Peers Residency which is an annual education and outreach residency programme of four weeks, where these young and talented artists shed the expectations and rigidity of a structured curriculum, work together in a discursive space that stresses the role of free experimentation and risk-taking in art practice. For Peers 2014, all the six artists were chosen after a rigorous selection by a jury consisting of artists Vishal Dar, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Arunkumar H.G. and Khoj director Pooja Sood.

Says Pooja Sood, Director, Khoj: “Peers Residency programme provides recent graduates and masters’ students opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community, and also hopes to create a network of students from various art, architecture, media and design colleges. Through the Peers programme, we aim to give young artists the tools and space to actively experiment within their practice and also hope to give them a forum for interaction with established practicing artists and creative practitioners.”

Amshu M.S. was born in Bangalore and grew up in Hyderabad. He mainly works with videos along with paintings, installations and photography incorporating narrative structures of filmmaking. A major source of inspiration is cinema and the cinematic language. He says about his work: “In the course of a daily mundane life of the city, certain people, spaces and acts come across as strange interventions. These acts exist in a liminal space, oscillating between reality and fiction. They constantly remind of a sense of fragility while on the verge of an almost impending rupture. My intention is to isolate these acts, to look at them and to observe the transformations that take place while creating these little fictions. At Khoj, I have currently been working with footage shot around the area with sculptural video installations/assemblage.”

Diptej Vernekar was born in 1991 in Goa. He completed his Masters in Fine Art programme at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad and Bachelors in the Goa College of Art, in 2012. In December 2013, he was a part of a collaborative work for Trash Art Festival an initiative of the City Corporation of Panjim, Goa. The objective of this work was to use discarded material and trash to create a work of public art. His current body of work is about material culture, desires, beliefs and ironies of life which forms multiple layers of our life. Mostly his work is in the form of paintings, videos and installations. His installations almost always involve some sort of sound and video projection. Moreover, they usually have a kinetic mechanism which is drawn from his experience of working as an automotive technician for popular art forms in Goa as a 14-year-old to finance his education. Using this local technique, he finds the work brings him close to his own realities.

Says Vernekar: “Coming from a different place, to this place of migrants (Khirki village), there is always sense of uncertainty - chaos of survival, sense of disorientation, a sense of voyeurism in a space as well, as you are being viewed in the maze like passages of buildings. And everything is on the very edge of each other, which deconstructs the actual meanings of the space again re-constructing new meanings which is interesting for me. Every object in these tiny passages of maze like structures builds the meanings, thus becoming a kind of metaphor of Khirki Village. And I try to question these realities through these spaces in my work, using video, photo and mixed-media installation.”

Dheer Kaku explores patterns, repetitions, loops, lines, circles, time, symmetry, shapes and ideas. “My works are chronicles of these patterns and conversations between my body and the chosen medium of expression. Actions, drawings, words, pictures, videos and sounds are my chosen instruments to display and reveal new perspectives through which I experience my mind and my city.” Kaku studied painting at Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts in Mumbai.

Ragini Bhow was born in 1991 and lives in Bangalore after completing her BFA from a school located on the west bank of the Mississippi river at the University of Minnesota. She says: “I explore material relationships that develop from aesthetic observation, visceral exchange, and conversation. At Khoj, I have continued this exploration through experiences and observations of light and space. Through material arrangements and juxtapositions, the work continues an on-going narrative exploring the human and the other-worldly. I concentrate on relationships that have developed from an aesthetic exchange and intimate conversation with diverse materials and objects. My work is a sculptural work using found wood, found objects, paint and photo.”

Sanket Jadia is currently doing Masters in Visual Arts from Ambedkar University Delhi. Identity has been a consistent area of inquiry in his works. His works reflect a conscious effort to look around for visible and non-visible politics involved in constructing this identity; visible is obvious or external, whereas the latter is the layers of complexities these so called ‘obvious’ things are product of. Medium is another exciting thing to look for in his work.

Sangita Maity, born 1989 in Kanthi, West Bengal, lives and works in Kolkata. Sangita graduated in Print Making from Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University in 2012 and is pursuing M.F.A. in Print Making from the same university.

Says Maity: “My recent practice is based on Barbil Iron Ore Mine, a tribal populated area located in the border of Orissa and Jharkhand. Apart from environmental issues, my research is extended to socio-economical, cultural and political situation of tribal labour working in the mines. Their migrant life and profession is one of my important research concerns. Here at Khoj Peers residency project at Khirki Extension in New Delhi I am researching on labour of different professions migrated from different part of the country. Interacting them at labour Chawk or in their work place or some time in a tea adda to know their personal history, the process of coming to their respective profession, how they have been migrated and so on. I am inviting few of them to my studio to create something according to their professional skill but in different to their regular job. I would place the process of my research with the outcome of their participation in the space. It may generate a firsthand idea of socio-cultural and political situation of the labours that viewer can interact with. A duality of thought process generated by the artists’ research on labour and the environment created by the labour himself (or their involvement) may come up with a new dialogue to research further. My work will take the form of audio recordings and video work.”

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