'The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art being held in Kochi, Kerala. The exhibition will be set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands. There will be shows in existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures. Indian and international artists will exhibit artworks across a variety of mediums including film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art. Through the celebration of contemporary art from around the world, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the historic cosmopolitan legacy of the modern metropolis of Kochi and its mythical predecdessor, the ancient port of Muziris. Alongside the exhibition the Biennale will offer a rich programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops and educational activities for school children and students of all ages.'
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is proposed to be held in the port city of Kochi from 12.12.12 for a period of three months and tries to catapult Kochi and India into exciting world of contemporary art festivals held across various countries. It is all the more relevant as presently there is no art festival in India which can be proudly compared on an international scale. True, presently Kochi does not have the necessary infrastructure or systems in place for the conduct of such an event but it is an ambitious start to create a culture, to start a lasting dialogue. For this, the curators of the event Riyas Komu & Bose Krishnamachari must be commented and given the required support. As they say, this event will help in bringing about a lot of facilities for visual & other arts in Kochi, create a culture for appreciation & critical evaluation of art and architecture & hopefully make it more accessible to the common man.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale will be the largest contemporary art event in the country and will feature a variety of mediums from painting, sculpture, public installations, films, performance arts etc. by over 80 artists from India and abroad. For this purpose, exhibition halls, public spaces, heritage structures etc are proposed to be included as venues. ‘The exhibition will be an explosion of mindscapes set in spaces interspersed throughout Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands. The Biennale will offer a citywide experience taking visitors from galleries in the heart of Kerala’s commercial capital to halls and homes in ancient Fort Kochi, to site specific installations in public spaces, heritage sites and hidden disused structures...’ states the brochure. From an architect’s point of view, one hopes that these initiatives will help in creating a stronger interaction between art, the public spaces and the common man. Ideas on integrating art into our public spaces and our lives need to be clarified and developed, importance of re-engaging with the public realm and the urban sphere needs to be highlighted and for this the Biennale hopefully will serve as an ideal platform.
For more information, visit http://www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org/