Kochi-Muziris Biennale 3rd edition to kickstart today
The 108-day-long Kochi-Muziris Biennale's latest edition is named 'Forming in the Pupil of an Eye� which will be on till March 29, 2017. The event is spread across 12 venues around Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and Ernakulam. 97 artists from 31 countries will be participating with their most recent art works. 36 Indian artists will also showcase their works in KMB 2016.
The 3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB 2016) will be officially launched on Monday evening by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Parade Ground in Kochi. Curated by renowned artist Sudarshan Shetty, the latest edition of the 108-day cultural extravaganza is named ‘Forming in the Pupil of an Eye’ and will be on till March 29, 2017. It is one of the most anticipated celebration of contemporary art in the South Asia.
The event is spread across 12 venues around Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and Ernakulam. As many as 97 artists, including 36 Indians, from 31 countries will be participating with their most recent art works. The KMB also will have student biennale, discussions, conversations, seminars, cinema and music sessions and art workshops.
"'Forming in the pupil of an eye' is not an image of one reality, but a reflection of multiple realities and of multiple possibilities in time. My curatorial approach was shaped, therefore, as a conversation between different streams and forms of art practice. This biennale is intended as a dialogue between multiple perspectives and possibilities as it evolves within the space and through the duration of the biennale and beyond," said KMB curator Sudarshan Shetty.
“The KMB is fortunate to enjoy the full backing of the Government of Kerala. We are honoured to have Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurate the third edition of what has become a Keralite institution. We look forward to welcoming the public to the Biennale over the next four months,” said KMB president Bose Krishnamachari.
“Kochi is today a pilgrimage site for art. Our stated mandate, as the People’s Biennale, is to take art to the public and to make more art spaces more inclusive. The KBF is the biggest art organisation in India to be officially designated to receive funding for education initiatives. The only way to thank the Government of Kerala, our highly committed corporate, cultural, diplomatic and individual patrons and partners is to keep on getting better,” said KBF secretary Riyas Komu.
Aspinwall House, Cabral Yard, Pepper House, David Hall, Durbar Hall, Kashi Art Cafe, Kashi Art Gallery, M A P Project Space, Anand Warehouse, T K M Warehouse, Cochin Club and Kottapuram Fort are the major venues for the contemporary art festival in and around Kochi and Ernakulam.