April 29, 2016


Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, curated by eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, is set to be the largest event of its kind in South Asia. Titled Forming in the pupil of an eye, the Biennale will run for 108 days from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017.

For the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, a total of 97 artists have been invited to create new work across the city of Kochi. The opening of the biennale will mark the start of over three months of cultural activities in Kochi.

The Biennale’s main exhibition is supported by an ancillary program of talks, seminars, workshops, film screenings and music sessions across venues in Fort Kochi-Mattanchery and Ernakulam.

With 97 works spread over 12 locations, a Students’ Biennale and over 20 collateral events, the 108 days of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale are filled to the brim with art, performances and food for thought.

From master craftsmen, theatre actors and directors, dancers, writers, poets, architects and mobile lecturers, Shetty’s vision, titled ‘Forming in the pupil of an eye’ encompassed many practices that one wouldn’t find at a typical biennale. In this regard, the third edition followed its predecessors; keeping visitors on their toes by doing the unexpected.

Curator Sudarshan Shetty’s vision for the 2016 Biennale draws from mythical accounts of India as the “land of seven rivers.” Looking at motifs such as tradition and community, Shetty asks: “What does it mean to be together in time—to be contemporary?”

In keeping with its curatorial vision, this edition of the Biennale attempts to question and blur the boundaries that categorise the various disciplines of artistic expression. KMB 2016 will feature works by visual artists, poets, musicians and performance professionals from diverse cultural and artistic traditions.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale uses heritage properties, public spaces, and galleries in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam. KMB 2016 venues will include Aspinwall House, Pepper House, David Hall, and Durbar Hall.