New Delhi: Forty leading contemporary artists from across India and South Asia have donated artworks for a unique fundraiser event by and for Khoj International Artists Association in New Delhi on November 6, 2011 at Gallery Nature Morte, Neeti Bagh from 5 p.m. onwards.
Khoj is a non-profit art space which was founded fourteen years ago by a core group of artists and since then Khoj has facilitated some of the most adventurous and cutting edge art practices across India and South Asia. It is not surprising, therefore, that the who’s who of the contemporary art world – Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Manu Parekh, Reena Saini Kallat, Sarnath Banerjee, Anita Dube, Sumedh Rajendran, Gigi Scaria, Manisha Parekh, Anjum Singh and other supporting artists such as Vivan Sundaram, Raqs Media Collective & Ram Rahman – have willingly come forward to donate their art to raise funds for a large scale revamp of Khoj Studios in Khirkee Extension.
The new space, funded by the proceeds from the fundraiser, will be used to enhance the facilities for artists working at Khoj Studios. The new space will have a living small hostel for artists, a cutting edge media lab for sound and editing, a library, an experimental project space theatre and a cafeteria to be designed by Ambrish Arora of Lotus Design.
Says Pooja Sood, Director, Khoj International Artists Association: “In the last fourteen years, KHOJ has invited artists from the Global South and Euro America .to interact with artists from across India. Over 300 Indian and 400 artists from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Korea, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Germany, France, Thailand, Iran , Iraq, Palestine have been through KHOJ thereby allowing for a truly international understanding of art practices within artists in India. Now we need to consolidate our work premises for an even larger artist-to-artist contact within Khoj and hence this fundraiser. Our artists have generously donated excellent quality works that are available in lieu of donation at unbelievable and affordable prices.”
No wonder then, this event is a great opportunity for young buyers or individuals looking to start a collection, as Khoj is offering fantastic works at great prices. Titled A Gift for Khoj, the collection has been divided into three limited edition portfolios:
1. ‘A Gift for Khoj’ Edition I – Photography portfolio – contains 12 original signed prints of photographs by artists Amar Kanwar, Anita Dube, Anay Mann, Atul Bhalla, Avinash Veeraraghavan, Ayisha Abhraham, Bani Abidi, Gigi Scaria, Ram Rahman, Raqs Media Collactive, Surekha and Vivan Sundaram along with certificates of authenticity. There are 25 editions in total and each edition is available for Rs. 3,00,000/- ( Rupees Three Lakhs only). Size of image:13″x17″on canvas size 16”x20″
Paper : Hahnemuhle photo rag bright white 310 gsm( archival 100%cotton rag). Printing on EPSON 9800. Presented in an acid free portfolio case. Certificate of authentication by artist/KHOJ.
2. ‘A Gift for Khoj’ Edition II- 11 unique Sculptures, each in an editions of 8 by artists Anita Dube, Anjum Singh, Arun Kumar HG, Kiran Subbaiah, Krishnaraj Chonat, Manisha Parekh, Masooma Syed, Sakshi Gupta, Sandip Pisalkar, Sumedh Rajendran and Susanta Mandal. Each sculpture is priced at Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty thousand only). Size: Variable. Material: Variable. Certificate of authentication by artists/KHOJ.
3). ‘A Gift for Khoj’ Edition III- Drawing/Painting portfolio contains 18 original drawings/paintings by artists Adip Dutta, Aditya Pande, Archana Hande, Ashim Purkayastha, Debnath Basu, Gargi Raina, Hema Upadhyay, Imran Qureshi, Jagannath Panda, Madhavi Parekh, Manisha Parekh, Manu Parekh, Paula Sen Gupta, Prajakta Potnis, Reena Saini Kallat, Rohini Devasher, Sarnath Banerjee and Vasudha Thozur along with certificates of authenticity. There are 5 portfolios in total and each portfolio containing 18 drawings is available for Rs.8,00,000/- (Rupees Eight lakhs only). Size of work: 12″ x 12″ Mounted size: 15″ x15″. Paper: Variable. Each work is double mounted. Presented in an acid free portfolio case. Certificate of authentication by KHOJ.