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Priya Ravish Mehra, Making the Invisible Visible (detail), 2012/2017, wood, darned textiles, sound. Installation view. From “Evidence Room.”

“Evidence Room”

Khoj International Artists' Association

Priya Ravish Mehra, Making the Invisible Visible (detail), 2012/2017, wood, darned textiles, sound. Installation view. From “Evidence Room.”

Over the past decade, timely art festivals such as “48°C Public.Art.Ecology” (2008) and the “Yamuna-Elbe Project” (2011) have highlighted some of New Delhi’s most pressing environmental issues, including rising temperatures, toxic water supplies, and a growing population. Among these initiatives, nonprofit organization Khoj International Artists’ Association stands out for its consistent and long-term approach to public-art, community-oriented, and ecology-based programs in India. One such program, “Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the Byways” (2010–14), combined these three interest areas and supported nineteen projects in remote regions across the country to produce an alternative mapping of the nation’s development, one inclusive of local ecologies, mythologies, and epistemologies. Back in its institutional space in Khirkee, one of the capital’s urban villages, Khoj’s exhibition

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