Text and images by Vanessa Lovell , MA Fashion (Textiles for Fashion Pathway), Central Saint Martins
The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) was launched in 2015 by member of the UAL Research Centre for Sustainable Fashion and UAL Chair of Art and the Environment Professor Lucy Orta and coordinated by CSF Associate Curator Camilla Palestra.
Vanessa Lovell is a current MA Fashion (Textiles for Fashion Pathway) student at Central Saint Martins, she was selected for the 2017 Art for the Environemnt International (AER) residency with KHOJ in New Delhi, India. Vanessa reports back to the Postgraduate Community at UAL here:
Based in the south of New Delhi, India, KHOJ International Artists Association initially began in 1997 as a proposed artistic space, catalyzing a movement that has drawn artists worldwide. Supporting local Indian artists and encouraging artists from further afield to engage with the local community, it continues to push the boundaries of Indian contemporary art practice.
I arrived at KHOJ on a Tuesday afternoon, after a considerable journey from London with a stop over in Abu Dhabi, an experience within itself. Even this brief touchdown brought to light a change of custom, tradition and language beyond what I had experienced before. On arrival at Delhi airport I was greeted by a taxi driver sent by KHOJ, to drive me to my temporary home for the month.