Aastha Chauhan & Malini Kochupillai, Antarrashtriya Khirkee (International Khirkee) community festival, 2014. Photo courtesy Malini Kochupillai.

Aastha Chauhan (India) specialised in sculpture both for her BFA, completed at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, and her MFA at New Delhi College of Art.

Between 2004 and 2010 she headed the community based art initiatives at the KHOJ International Artists Association in New Delhi. She is interested in socially engaged art and collaborative practices.

Aastha’s practise is rooted in the urban village of Khirkee in Delhi where she has worked for a decade on projects ranging from an independent zero budget street art festival to projects focusing on urban design and redevelopment. She is also interested in micro broadcasting and works closely with 90.4MHz Henvalvani community radio station in Chamba, Uttarakhand.

In 2011 she was awarded the INLAKS scholarship and her socially engaged art projects have been supported by the Norwegian Embassy, British Council, Visiting Arts UK, The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, Raza Foundation and KHOJ International Artists Association.

Aastha currently lives and works in Delhi.

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