At the end of January, Paddle8 co-founder and newly anointed Performa board member Aditya Julka traveled with Performa founder Roselee Goldberg to India to visit the India Art Fair, Khoj Live 2012 and tour historic sites in and around New Delhi. Highlights included the vast quantity of work at the Art Fair, exhibitions in New Delhi such as Yoko Ono’s show at Vadehra Art Gallery and the historic Khari Baoli market, (considered the largest wholesale spice market in Asia). They even managed to leave the city for a day trip to visit India’s iconic Taj Mahal.
At Khoj Live 2012, an evening of 13 back-to-back performances by South Asia’s leading artists, Roselee presented a keynote talk “From Futurism to the Present,” about the history of performance art. Her introductory remarks set the stage for performances by Subodh Gupta, Pushpamala N and Vivan Sundaram among others.
After their whirlwind visit of just over a week, Aditya and Roselee headed back to New York with a fresh perspective on the Delhi art scene, as well as deeper insight into new performance work coming out of this emerging hub of the global art world.