A contracting company says it “has been left in a precarious financial situation” after the biennial declined to pay its full construction costs. The biennial says a government-approved valuer found “that the amounts demanded by the contractor are arbitrary.”
The fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, which is the first instance of it being curated by a woman, is marked by lofty ideals, but also incidents of toxic masculinity.
Protesters interrupted a Guerrilla Girls Q&A to call out the administration’s lack of action after a co-founder and significant donor were publicly accused of sexual misconduct.
The curator for the third edition of India’s first art biennial, Sudarshan Shetty, has brought together some strong works that don’t resonate with each other in any way.
NEW DELHI — The Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) launched in 2012 and has distinguished itself by the scale of its ambition.
KOCHI, India — Pepper House is a quaint colonial structure with a lush central courtyard on the Kochi seafront, and serves as a major Biennale venue with some extraordinary displays — Alex Mathew’s monumental anchor rising upward in a surreal bid to touch the sky overhead greets you as you walk in. Named after the once-thriving spice port of Kochi (Kerala, India) the Kochi-Muziris Biennale succeeds in part because of the organizing committee’s courageous curatorial strategy to allow artists the rare final say in the installation of their work. Also, despite bringing together an international array of art-makers, the biennale’s focus is unequivocally on the Indian, initiating a restructuring of the paradigm of the “contemporary” in the country’s national art.
KOCHI, India — I finally made the trip to Kerala, on India’s southern tip, not because tourism websites insist upon it as God’s own country, but because the first ever biennale hosted in India is taking place there at Kochi (or Cochin), a city that was once a thriving spice port. Bringing together an exciting range of artists from around the world in thirteen amazing venues, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has also boldly turned the searchlight on Indian contemporary art with a strong accent on the Keralam.