Pooja Sood is a founding member and Director of Khoj International Artists’ Association which is an autonomous, not for profit society 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 institution which plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in India. 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). Pooja 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.
Amongst other projects, she was Artistic Director and curator of ’48C. Public Art. Ecology’, the first public art project which commissioned 25 art projects by renowned Indian and international artist across ten public sites in New Delhi. Since 2009 she has been the Director of of ArThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) which is an arts management programme for young cultural leaders in south Asia. She has served on several international juries, most recently being the IAPA award of the Institute of Public Art, Shanghai (2014), the APB Signature prize hosted by the Singapore Art Museum (2014–15) and the Korean Art prize, Seoul (2013).
Pooja Sood has spoken and participated in various forums on Indian contemporary art, art management and South Asian art in India and abroad and is the editor of the SANA (South Asian Network for the Arts) publication, 2014, The Khoj Book 1997-2007 contemporary art practice in India, published by Harper Collins, 2010, Video Art in India, 2003 and is currently working on a book on the project ’48C. Public Art. Ecology’. She is a Chevening scholar on the Clore Leadership Programme, UK (2009-2011). She lives and works in New Delhi.