Pooja Sood

Pooja Sood Curator

Pooja Sood is a founding member and Director of Khoj International Artists’ Association,  an art institution committed to experimentation and exchange in the visual arts in India. Under her stewardship, Khoj has grown from an annual event in 1997 to a small but vibrant physical space which plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and critical contemporary art practice in India and South Asia. As Director of Khoj, she has worked actively to build a robust network of experimental spaces across South Asia resulting in the South Asian Network for the Arts (SANA). Sood’s contribution has been in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices in India as well as exploring different models of collaboration and institution building in India and South Asia.

Among other projects, she was Artistic Director and curator of 48°C Public.Art.Ecology (2007–2008), the first public art project in India, which commissioned 25 art projects by renowned Indian and international artists across 10 public sites in New Delhi. She was Curator of the Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi (2002–2007), the first dedicated space for new media art in India, as well as Curator-Director of the Eicher Gallery, New Delhi (1994–98). Sood has served on several international juries, most recently of the International Award for Public Art (IAPA), Shanghai (2014), the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore (2014–15), and the Korea Artist Prize, Seoul (2013). She is a Patron of the international organization More Europe (since 2009). She is also a member of the Steering Group Committee on Arts Management for the Government of India (since 2014). She was a Chevening Scholar of the Clore Leadership Programme, UK (2009–2011). Sood lives and works in New Delhi.

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