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Kochi–Muziris Biennale, Kochi

Volume 12, Number 3, May/June 2013
by Riyas Komu

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Riyas Komu discusses the Kochi-Muziris Biennale as India's first international biennial art event. The 2012 edition aims to reconnect the myth of Muziris with the modern Kochi metropolis where pre-colonial traditions of cultural pluralism continue to flourish. The biennale hopes to inspire a reconsideration of contemporary art in an Indian context, and its real significance lies in what it means for Indian artists to have the space to create temporary, conceptual work, outside the constraints of the market. This Biennale also hopes to dispel the notion that art biennales in India are supposed to die at the conceptual stage, and never bloom into a fully-fledged global event.

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Riyas Komu, World Biennial Forum, Kochi–Muziris Biennale