4. Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018/2019

12. Dezember 2018 - 29. März 2019

Kochi, Kerala, Indien

Biennale-Direktor: Bose Krishnamachari

Kuratorin: Anita Dube

Teilnehmerliste ►
94 Teilnehmer aus über 30 Ländern


Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life

Die 4. Kochi-Muziris Biennale wird von der renommierten Künstlerin Anita Dube kuratiert, die für ihre konzeptionell tiefgründigen, politisch aufgeladenen Arbeiten bekannt ist. Zu ihrer Vision für diese Edition bemerkte Anita Dube: "Von der konzeptionellen Ebene bis hin zur verkörperlichten Erfahrung des Besuchers der Biennale soll Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life [Möglichkeiten für ein nicht entfremdetes Leben] eine Plattform anbieten, die durch radikale Offenheit funktioniert. Die Ausstellung - deren didaktisches Modell durch einen kollaborativen Raum, Pavillon genannt, verkompliziert und befreit ist - erlangt ihre Energie durch die Wechselwirkungen zwischen den Werken, den Dialog zwischen künstlerischen Stimmen und Praktiken. Das Publikum ist eingeladen, teilzuhaben, zuzuhören und den Raum sogar herauszufordern."

Kuratoriales Konzept

Teilnehmer und Projekte

In keeping with the curatorial theme, Dube has invited some 94 practitioners from over 30 countries, forming a dynamic range of social contexts and artistic approaches. This edition also presents a new development in the model of the Biennale with regard to participating artists: The infra-projects will be independently curated within Dube’s thematic framework. These include Edible Archives curated by Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar and Prima Kurien, Sister Library by Aqui Thami, Srinagar Biennale by Veer Munshi, and a project by Durgabai Vyam + Subhash Vyam.

Several projects are shown outside the exhibition space, enlivening the urban fabric of Kochi, and creating a new type of public engagement. For instance, billboards by Andeel + Hassan Khan, commenting on specific socio-political contexts of Kerala through satirical cartoons, are visible in Ernakulam’s dense commercial areas. Canonical feminist artist-activists Guerrilla Girls have translated their tongue-in-cheek critiques of art institutions into Malayalam for the first time. Musical collective Oorali begin their tour along Kerala’s coastline, stopping in particular villages and towns to open out their specially-designed bus into a public workshop and performance space – an attempt to bring together and pay tribute to fishing communities, who were pivotal for relief and rescue efforts during the recent disastrous floods. Zanele Muholi’s striking photographic portraits of queer, black South Africans look out from the outer walls of Cabral Yard, the site of the Biennale Pavilion.

Umfangreiches Programm & parallele Events

Along with being a site for ancillary programming – talks, film screenings, musical and other performances – the Biennale Pavilion takes on a crucial role in this edition. The space hosts a “knowledge laboratory”, an open platform for sharing and learning across media and languages. “There will be no hierarchies of knowledge, or stratifications of content. It is a space for safe disagreement, uncomfortableness, and unease, as much as it is one of pleasure, celebration, and exchange. At its core, the knowledge laboratory is an ever-developing learning experiment that cannot be realised without public participation.”

Kochi Biennale Foundation, in association with Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and Foundation for Indian Art Education (FIAE) and supported by Tata Trusts, has developed Students’ Biennale, an exhibitory platform across multiple venues that runs parallel to Kochi-Muziris Biennale. This year marks the third edition of Students’ Biennale, which now involves a multilateral approach, featuring, in addition to the exhibition, an expanded education forum, and field-based research on the condition of art education as it stands. The exhibition involves some 200 projects by undergraduate and graduate students of Fine Arts under the broader theme of Making as Thinking. The projects are curated by six eminent artists and educators: Sanchayan Ghosh, Shukla Sawant, KP Reji, Shruti Ramalingaiah, Krishnapriya CP, and Nishad MP.

Running parallel to the Biennale are also the Pepper House Residency Exhibition, which sees the artists-in-residence this year return to Kochi to install their developed work, and a range of independently organised Collateral Projects.

Program overview

Art Rises for Kerala

As part of Art Rises for Kerala (ARK), a continued effort to bring together the national and international community to aid flood relief and rebuilding efforts in Kerala, Kochi Biennale Foundation is organising an auction of modern and contemporary art for the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The auction, organised in collaboration with SaffronArt, will take place in Kochi on January 18, 2019. With around 40 lots generously contributed by renowned Indian and international artists.

Apart from focused efforts to directly aid those affected, Kochi Biennale Foundation has worked to restructure its internal processes to maximise impact with regard to rebuilding the state. One such effort is the promise to recycle material used in the Biennale for relief. In particular, the structure of the Biennale Pavilion, which will play a significant role in the fourth edition and Anita Dube’s curatorial frame, will be repurposed to build homes for displaced families.


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Kerala 682001
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Fotos Courtesy Kochi Biennale Foundation.
Bild oben: Tania Candiani, String Loom, 2018.

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