Kochi-Muziris Biennale's founders Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari have been named among the 100 most influential people in the global contemporary art scene for the third year in a row,
The "Power 100" is an annual ranking compiled by the highly influential Art Review magazine of the world's topmost contemporary artists and influencers.
Komu and Krishnamachari have been placed 84th in a list that includes China's Ai WeiWei, who participated in the first edition of the KMB in 2012; Germany's Wolfgang Tillman; French conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe; Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries; Bernard Arnault, founder of the Foundation Louis Vuitton; and Italian fashion house designer Miuccia Prada.
Germany's Artist-as-theorist Hito Steyerl heads the 2017 ranking which only has two other Indian entries: the Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective (39) founded by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and well-known art collector Kiran Nadar (99).
Komu and Krishnamachari first made the list in 2015 after the second Kochi-Muziris Biennale ended in March. The Kerala-born artists were the only Indians in the rankings that year.
Their global recognition has come in part from their success in laying the groundwork for the KMB, against all odds, in a country unused to events of this scale and leveraging the historicity and cultural significance of the city of Kochi to lend the KMB a distinct identity among biennales of the world.