The fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) kickstarts at 10 different venues across Kochi on Wednesday (Dec 12).
This edition involves over 100 artists combined with unique ideas, aiming to show case a transformative chapter in the history of global contemporary art.
Curated by eminent artist Anita Dube around the theme of ‘Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life’, the 108-day Biennale will feature a total of 94 artist projects. Slated to conclude on March 29, the Biennale will be held across heritage venues in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, as well as the Durbar Hall in downtown Ernakulam.
It will include works by well-known artists such as Nilima Sheikh, Anju Dodiya, Guerilla Girls, Shirin Neshat, Martha Rosler, Vanessa Baird, Sue Williamson, Sonia Khurana, Zanele Muholi, Marlene Dumas and Aryakrishnan Ramakrishnan. The event involves a wide range of practitioners, especially from West Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
The exhibition will be spread across Aspinwall House, Durbar Hall, Pepper House, Cabral Yard (Biennale Pavilion), David Hall, Kashi Town House, Uru Art Harbour, Dutch Warehouse, Anand Warehouse and TKM warehouse.
For the first time, the Students’ Biennale, a parallel event, will feature more than 200 student-artists belonging to private and public art schools, from India and South Asia. This project also show cases works by students from SAARC countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The expanded education programme, an addition to the Students’ Biennale, will have national and international artist-educators offering a series of curriculum-based interventions through workshops at select art colleges in the country.