Kyta or the fragile balance
of an art center in the Himalayas

by Switch (On paper)


Kalga is a village in northern India located at 2600 meters in altitude along the Himalayan foothills. Since 2014, an artistic residency program has taken root amongst its traditional homes called KYTA [Karma Yatri Travel & Art]. Its goal? To explore the interactions that arise when the traveling spirit, local life and culture, and contemporary artistic expression meet. Conceived as a living laboratory, the residency welcomes at least 10 artists per year, from India or abroad in equal proportion, representing the most diverse range of artistic practices. The singularity and force of the experience resides not just in the individual creations produced there, but also in the relationships woven between residents. Story and testimony by the co-founder Shazeb Shaikh.

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