KHOJ International Artists' Association is a registered, autonomous artist led initiative which was set up in 1997. It is part of the global Triangle Arts Trust. Since its inception, its direction has been towards creating an alternative forum for experimentation and exchange within contemporary art practice. It has sought to facilitate the empowerment of the so called third world artists and their cross-cultural bonding beyond racial prejudices and for an exchange of information along alternative lines. Over the past 9 years, artists from Iran, Egypt, Cuba, Argentina, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan and several countries in Africa, have participated in our workshops and residencies. As a deliberate policy, our core invitees have been from South Asia resulting in the development of a regional network.
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The focus of Khoj for the next 4 years will be on furthering its objectives by engaging in a range of high quality activities, focussing on audience development and outreach, and building/maintaining a network that extends both nationally and within South Asia.
Hivos/DOEN support is specifically focussed on the further development of the Khoj Studios by holding International and Associate Residencies, supporting the Community-Based Art Programme, and contributing to Khoj Publications (both the Annual Khoj Catalogue and shorter project-specific publications). Khoj also organises artists presentations, film screenings and symposia on a regular basis at the Khoj Studios. Hivos/DOEN support is also intended for holding an Annual General Meeting, salaries and administration. Specific planned output/outreach results are at least 17 artists per year participating in the International and Associate Residencies, with more than 1500 visitors to the Studios per year. An annual Khoj catalogue (circulation 1000 copies) is published as well as two smaller text based publications per year.
Regarding other donors, the Ford Foundation assists SANA and digital network development, whilst the Sri Ratan Tata Trust has been approached for the development of a Khoj National Network. Hivos/DOEN supports Khoj because it is a key regional cultural actor that further professionalises itself, strengthens the contemporary cultural infrastructure of the region, facilitates artists' exchange, and actively reflects on relevant societal issues.