The fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale will be conducted from 12th December 2018 to 29 March 2019 and is anticipated to be the largest art festival in India. With over 90 artists from around the world scheduled to showcase their talent in this Kochi Art Tour, we assure you that you simply cannot miss this event !
‘Possibilities for a non-alienated life’ : Theme for the upcoming Kochi Art Tour.
Ms Anita Dube the curator of the fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale wants to bring a sense of inclusiveness to the Kochi Art Tour where every visitor actively participates in the creation of art. This year the Kochi Art Tour will be curated by a woman for the first time and more than half the artists presenting at the event will be women.
“Everybody will be a curator, everyone can share in the pavilion” – Says Anita Dube
Keeping with the traditions of Kochi-Muziris Biennale of having a prominent artist curate the event, Ms Anita Dube was chosen by a panel of world renowned artists. She has a masters degree in Art Criticism from the prestigious Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. As part of her job as curator, Ms Dube has travelled to 31 countries to select the artwork that will be displayed during the Kochi Art walk.
History – Fort Kochi Art Walk
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is conducted once in two years and attracts artists from all over the globe to showcase their art. The first edition of this Kochi art walk was held in December 2012 and had a record breaking visitor count of over 4,00,000 in just 4 months. The biennale is organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation, which is a non-profit charitable trust in India engaged in promoting Art, Culture and Education.
The biennale was founded by artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the event is currently being hosted by Bose Krishnamachari. During the Biennale, 20 trained art mediators will conduct the Kochi Curated Art walk for free and help the visitors to understand the art work showcased.
The popular venues for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale include Aspinwall House, David Hall, Parade Ground, Pepper House, Durbar Hall and more. There are further subsidiaries to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale – Students’ Biennale, an international platform to showcase works of BFA and MFA students in India which is led by 15 young curators; Art by Children, India’s first art event dedicated to children’s artworks, produced during workshops conducted in 100 schools across Kerala; Let’s Talk Series, a series of talks and seminars by a range of exceptional people, including the Biennale’s participant artists, historians, writers, curators, and activists; Video Lab, an initiative supported by Tata Trusts and a space for experimentation and research through innovative video projects on contemporary art, artists and art practices; Artists’ Cinema, a curated film festival showcasing diverse genre and formats of moving images and includes talks and workshops and Pepper House Residency, an international residency programme for artists working across various media.