Kalanjay Dhir is an artist and musician based in Western Sydney on unceded Darug Land. He has made work about urban development, space technology, rivers, myth, social media, progress and time. He enjoys thinking about what the world would look like if things were built with a devotion similar to gardens or places of worship.

In 2020 Kalanjay presented work for Next Wave Festival and was the recipient of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship (Emerging). He is a co-founder of Pari, an artist-run space in Parramatta. Alongside Kilimi, Kalanjay hosts 'Sunset with 2K' on FBi Radio. In his spare time he likes to drink Milo, read Wikipedia and manga.
        Kalanjay Dhir is collaborating with Jacob Boehme and Nithya Nagarajan for Hyphenated Biennial.




a collaboration between
jacob boehme, kalanjay dhir & nithya nagarajan

image credit : Jackie Dixon

        An initial experiment in a body of work that grapples with the complexity of archiving the embodied wisdom and psychosomatic practices of Elders in martial, meditative and movement traditions across Australia, South Asia and the diaspora.

        The residency will unpack:
        — living legacies of traditions passed down orally and inheritance of their custody
        — muscle memory and embodied amnesia of ageing bodies
        — alternate archival and restoration strategies  

        — decolonising the digital as a counterpoint to the canon

        The artists aim to illuminate how bodies and spirits, living and ancestral, are choreographed by culture and how they, in turn, choreograph culture. Traces of the flesh in pre-colonial cultures are affected through ‘visual, physical, verbal, aural, tactile, haptic and olfactory means’ and the artists want to create multi-sensorial worlds that enable transmission of such sensation. Experimenting with transgressive forms to de-territorialize and de-familiarize the practiced and subjected body invites the viewer to negotiate space so they may reconfigure the absent body and its hauntings.

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