May 16, 2016

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

by Shashi Prakash Vyas

Festivals running from anywhere between three days to a week or a fortnight are certainly heard of, but a festival that is gonna run for a 108 days from December 12, 2016, to March 28, 2017 is what makes Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 a host of extravaganza for artists from all over the world.

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KMB’16 curator Sudarshan Shetty says, “It is going to be an admixture of styles, schools and sensibilities. I see the KMB as naturally embodying and carrying forward the multiculturalism of Kochi that is nurtured by both history and myth. The Biennale creates a space for cross-cultural interactions – something that is a fundamental aspect of Kochi’s historical and mythical identity – and can also be viewed as a means of connecting the past and the present, without looking at them in binaries.”

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Amongst the participating artists are Raul Zurita, Ouyang Jianghe, Sophie Dejode and Bertrand Lacombe, Caroline Duchatelet, Achraf Touloub, Sharmistha Mohanty, Avinash Veeraraghavan, Desmond Lazaro, Daniele Galliano, Yuko Mohri, Katrina Neiburga and Andris Eglitis, Valerie Mejer, Camille Norment and Pedro Gomez-Egana.

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The past two editions used heritage properties, public spaces, and galleries in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam. KMB’16 venues will include Aspinwall House, Pepper House, David Hall, and Durbar Hall.

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The Biennale’s third outing will present a multifaceted programme that also showcases the results of the Kochi Biennale Foundation’s outreach efforts among students of all ages such as the ‘Students’ Biennale’, a nationwide outreach project involving 60 Indian art colleges and curated by 15 young curators, and ‘Art by Children (ABC)’, India’s first children’s-only art event, a project aimed at initiating youngsters into art and art appreciation with children as both artist and audience.

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