Photo Tour: Kochi-Muziris Biennale
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale — India’s very first international contemporary art Biennale — was inaugurated with a ceremony headed by the Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy on December 12 at Parade Ground, Fort Kochi.
Curated by Kerala-born and Mumbai-based artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, it features the works of over 80 artists — half of them from India — most of which have been specifically created for the Biennale sites.
From public spaces and heritage buildings to defunct structures and obsolete spice warehouses, this showcase transforms the city of Kochi into a festive celebration of contemporary visual art from India and around the world that drew large groups of the local community and international crowd for its opening week.
Set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and the surrounding islands, the Biennale plays on the historic cosmopolitan legacy of trade city Kochi and its predecessor the ancient seaport of Muziris. This international contemporary art manifestation draws inspiration from the area’s history and the colourful worn-down surroundings. The works showcased span across all media — painting, sculpture, installation, video and performance — some exploring global issues and themes, while other directly responding to the context of Kochi.
The three-month long Biennale continues until March 13,2013.
With many thanks to our guide Rami Farook, founder of Dubai’s Traffic, and an advisor to the Kochi-Muziris Biennial.
Setting-up the night before the opening
Aspinwall House Venue
Moidu’s Heritage Venue
Pepper House Venue
The Dutch Warehouse Venue
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